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Old 11-21-2010, 12:59 PM
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350 starter trouble

im having trouble with the starter not engaging and just sticking on even after the key is turned to the off position any help would be awesome

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The starter has a solenoid that does (2) things.
It engages the starter pinion gear to the flywheel ring gear.
And it makes the electrical connection to run the starter motor.
It seems like the linkage is broken between the solenoid and gear and has jammed the solenoid in the on position which is continuing to keep the starter motor running.

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Sometimes called a bendix, it pushes the starter gear, held back by a heathly spring, forward to engege the teeth on the flywheel. Some things to check: the bolts that hold the bendix to the starter might be loose (unprobable), the spring has become weak (unprobable), there is a loose wire from the starter to the bendix, the bendix has burnt up or the starter has become misaligned and won't allow the starter gear to retract.

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Do a search on here , this has been covered a gazillion times and I am sure you will get a faster anawer that way,
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i had the same issue once.. it was a bad ignition switch. turned the key off, and the contacts stayed in the 'crank' position.
the starter motor was smoking by the time we got the battery cables off.. that prompted our new shop policy.. first thing that happens to any customer's car that comes through our doors.. gets a quick-disconnect on the battery.
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