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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-07-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Need some help!!!

My Ranger has been making this grinding noise when I try to turn it over....I kept turning it over and stopping until the truck will crank. So it was the starter.

Anyways.. I removed the starter and checked it and the flywheel..




I went to go get a new starter....

Put it on and my trucks key will turn on the fuel pump but won't start the engine...so I just turn the key on to where the fuel pump is working and got a screw driver and bump the solinoid..

My new starter will spin....but won't turn over the engine.

I thought the flywheel had enough grip to grab the starter teeth...like wtf!??!
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Anyone????
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Hard to tell from the pic, but the flywheel teeth could be bent sightly or have burrs that prevent the starter gear from meshing properly.

ETA Are you sure it's the right starter?

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I told them a 2.3L 85 ford ranger

Didn't tell them it had a 5 spd in it...

But it looked like the same except I notice my old starter had like a hole in the end of the starter (that goes in the flywheel area)
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They probably gave you one for an auto, which won't work with a manual. Bellhousings and flywheels are different.
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Called them and asked to see if it was for a 5 spd and they said yeah
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Try spinning the motor some by hand and see if it will work in a different area of the flywheel. Other than that I'm outta ideas.
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With the starter drive being that chewed up the flywheel ring gear is probably toast.

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With the starter drive being that chewed up the flywheel ring gear is probably toast.
Flywheel is ok...
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The starter spins, correct? Does it sound like it's trying to engage the flywheel or is it just spinning away?
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With the starter drive being that chewed up the flywheel ring gear is probably toast.
Hate to say it, cause the trans has got to come out now. But X2. Bet the flywheel is gone now. Teeth look pretty bad.

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flywheel is ok....still has alot of teeth for the starter to grab.....
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X on the flywheel, there may still be plenty of material left but the area that's missing won't allow the starter to mesh correctly and it's just going to grind up the starter drive.
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Well if so, I can buy a new flywheel gear thing.............how hard is it to put on?
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More trouble than it's worth. Rock Auto has Ring Gears for $36-38 new Flywheels for $45-89. They also have a Clutch kit on close out for $61, may as well replace that while the tranny's out. Cheap parts, check them out http://www.rockauto.com/
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