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Old June 7th, 2013, 01:58 AM
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Starter problem

My wife called before she went to bed to inform me the engine won't start. Apparently the starter 'grinds' but does not engage to turn the engine.

She will check battery voltage in the morning.

So, what are the common causes and fixes for a 2.5D N/A when the starter won't fully engage?

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Old June 7th, 2013, 06:39 AM
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Damn, sorry to hear this. Probably engine heat over long distances has cooked it pretty good. She can try smacking it with a heavy hammer real good. That sometimes provides a temp fix so she can limp to a shop/home.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 07:24 AM
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To get her on the road (assuming she's brought a tow strap) she can ask someone with a Jeep or something to pull her 15 feet while she lets out the clutch in gear to get it jump started. When she says it grinds, does it just go "tick-tick-tick-tick" - she should first check the connections, wire brush any corrosion at the contacts, hit the thing with something heavy (and with some force) while someone turns the key (in neutral of course), and potentially try to source a new starter.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 07:43 AM
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First, I did not mention it but this problem developed when parked at her sister's house so she is not stranded.

Second, now that the sun is up, my B-I-L crawled under and found that one of the starter mounting bolts is missing and the other bolt is about to fall out. They will take the remaining bolt to find a match and reinstall.

I like simple, inexpensive solutions!

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excellent. thanks for the update.
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