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Old 31st-July-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Starter does not spin

Just bought a powermaster 9000x mini starter. When I wire it up all I hear is a single click noise, when the key is turned. Starter does not spin. But when I re-connect the old starer it turns. I have 12.4 volts from the battery to the starter, and when the key is turned it goes to about 11.4. I also checked the neutral safety switch and I am getting 12 volts through that also. The wire connecting to the horn relay is also getting 12 volts. The lights and radio do work. Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks

Sorry forgot to mention I did get the new starter tested and it works ok. I also put a screwdriver from both posts and it did spin.
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Old 1st-August-2011, 03:59 AM   #2
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It sounds like the gear teeth on the starter are not meshing with the flywheel/flex plate teeth. If the solinoid does not extend all the way out it will not spin the starter motor. The clicking noise would be the solinoid pushing the gear up to the plate and stopping.
Make sure that the motor gear engages properly by prying it into the flywheel and has about 1/16" clearance. The clearance is measured at the tip of the starter gear tooth and the bottom of the flywheel gear tooth. I use a 1/16" allen wrench as a gauge.
Shims are used to increase the clearance and are made for this purpose. If they didn't come with the new starter you can pick them up at an auto parts store.
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thanks for the reply noVette, but the starter is not even in the car. I extended all the wires and was testing it on the garage floor.
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Old 1st-August-2011, 10:58 AM   #4
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Good ground since it's not mounted to the block ???
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