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1990 Audi 100 Question: car will not restart after driving. Starter spins but will not engage.

 

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Visitor, 2.3L 5 Cylinder, Westerville, OH, April 13, 2010, 18:53

Car starts first thing in morning after driving and turning the car off when I try to start the car it will not start. I can hear the starter moter spinning, but it will not engage. Is this a starter or solonid problem.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 13, 2010, 22:22
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    Remove the starter and "bench test it" using a battery and jumper cables.

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    Visitor, September 03, 2010, 12:45

    If your starter spins but does not engage, your most likely culprit is not electrical but mechanical. Try gently tapping on the housing of the starter motor (not the smaller solenoid) with a hammer while the car is off and then try again. If this works, replace the starter as soon as you reasonably can, as the internal components are beginning to bind.

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    Visitor, April 21, 2011, 14:49

    it bench tests good.the engine turns by hand and there are no teeth problems found on the fly wheel or the startr...any ideas

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