How did you get into the flywheel area to squirt WD40??? Are you mistaking
'flywheel' for crankshaft pulley, or something else???
That thing on the starter that you are referring to is called a 'solenoid'.
wouldn't hurt it.
The flywheel is bolted to the flange of the crankshaft and islocated
bell housing of the transmission. The starter bolts to the engine block or
transmission housing (depending on the design) and meshes with the 'ring
which runs around the circumference of the flywheel. You can gain access to
flywheel to check the condition of the ring gear teeth, whether the flywheel
loosened from the flange, and you can also check the runout (whether it is
If you have teeth missing on the ring gear, your starter can spin up but the
wont crank over unless you are lucky enough to have stopped on a good
portion of the
ring. If your starter has teeth damaged or missing on the drive, same
If the electrics of the starter are fongued, likewise it wont work. That
includes, but is not
limited to, the condition of the mystical 'solenoid'.
You are right! I guess it's the ring gear. You can see it when you look
under the vehicle. My starter is bolted next to it. You can only see the
teeth on it. Is it possible that the starter is good but the solenoid is
bad? Thanks again for your help!!
Yes, you can have a starter that is good, but a solenoid which is faulty.
And vice versa too...
Normally you can't see the flywheel and ring gear unless you remove an
inspection plate (what? No inspection plate installed?), unbolt and pull the
tranny away, or remove the starter.
Have you taken out the spark plugs to see if you can turn the engine by
Well now you might be getting somewhere. Not sure what the noise was
but if you have broken teeth maybe they lodged somewhere?
BTW, WD40 is NOT a lubricant. It will do just the opposite after a
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