'92 SL1 Starter Will Not Engage

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by Mike, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Starter rotates but starter gear will not engage. How can I fix the
    Plenty of batterey power, lights,, etc. About six months ago Saturn
    replaced the starter. Problem then was starter would not engage.


    Mike, Nov 2, 2003
  2. Mike

    Dan Hicks Guest

    Starters engage one of two ways: Either the starter solenoid
    operates a lever that pulls the starter gear forward along a splined
    shaft into the ring gear, or there is a "Bendix drive" on the motor
    with a spiral threaded gizmo that pushes the gear forward from the
    motion of the starter motor. That said, there can be a dozen
    different reasons for the motor failing to engage, from simple
    sticking to having the starter loose to having the wrong starter to
    missing teeth on the ring gear on the flywheel.

    First thing to check is that the starter is not loose and that all
    cables are tight. A bad connection or corroded cable can reduce the
    "oomph" going to the unit and cause it to fail this way.
    Dan Hicks, Nov 2, 2003
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    Joe Agro Guest

    Sounds like what they used to call a "Bendix" I think.. A spring-looking
    thing that forces the starter teeth to engage the flywheel on the car when
    spun. If the spring is bad, it never touches or grinds...

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  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Took it back to dealer where they replaced the starter at no cost me.
    They replaced the starter in Aug '03.

    Mike, Nov 3, 2003
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