Starter not engaging flex plate

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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #202171 by SkeetSheet426
Starter not engaging flex plate was created by SkeetSheet426
I was trying to start the car and it started to crank heard a clunking sound now the starter just sounds and doesn't engage flex plate it's a new starter I even took it off and had it tested does anybody have any thoughts
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2 months 1 week ago #202172 by hondaguy453
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You have to post the year, make, and model of the vehicle so we can offer more help.

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2 months 1 week ago #202181 by SkeetSheet426
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My apologies. It's a 2003 Suzuki esteem

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2 months 1 week ago #202200 by rahuljones
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If it is a manual transmission try push starting it and switching it off then try cranking using the starter and see if the starter motor catches the flywheel teeth. There is a chance a chunk of the flywheel teeth has been broken off.

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2 months 1 week ago #202225 by SkeetSheet426
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It is an automatic. I turned the motor by hand and still not engaging. No visible damage to flex plate

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2 months 4 days ago #202260 by hondaguy453
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Did the starter come with any shims? Did your old one have a shim?

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2 months 2 days ago #202281 by SkeetSheet426
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The old starter did have a shim. installed the new one with said shim. And I tried it without the shim. It sounds like the Bendix is hitting the side of the flex plate.

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2 months 2 days ago #202292 by hondaguy453
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So it sounds like it makes contact, but barely? Maybe pull the starter out and bench test it. See how the pinion gear reacts.

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