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Old 10-01-2007, 04:56 PM
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is my starter going bad?

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I just bought a 72 f100. It started fine about ten times. Now I have to try 5 or so times to get it started. The battery is new. When you turn the key it turns over for about three seconds then stops turning and makes a little whining/spinning noise. What is this noise? Is the starter going bad? Sometimes if I just turn the key a few times quickly it seems to help get it started instead of turning the key and holding it. Thanks for your help!
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i dunno. once in a blue moon mine makes the most loudest embarrasing screeching sound ever imaginable.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:39 PM
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Sounds like the Bendix is getting stuck or not engaging. I believe you can still get the parts to repair instead of getting a whole new starter.
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I'm with makz06 on the bendix drive is bad. You can replace just the drve, but with the cast of the drive and a rebuilt starter being real close nad ya got to take the starter out anyway, I would put in a whole starter. IMHO
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Those same symptoms can also be attributed to a bad connection or bad cable. Check and clean every connection associated with the starter circuit on the big cables. Battery,solenoid,starter,and grounds.
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Seems to happen to me quite often on the old vehicles I don't drive on a regular basis. Right now both my 72 F100 and my 68 Cougar exhibit that symptom on a fairly regular basis. The F100 will always start engaging again after I keep turning the ignition key. When my Cougar does it I have to crawl under the edge and rap the starter a couple times with a hammer and "loosen it up" and then it will engage again at least for the next few turns of the key. I plan on replacing both starters but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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