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1995 Cadillac Deville starter will turn but not engage the flywheel but the starter tested good

Need help getting car to start

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Could be a tooth broken off the flywheel itself, try pushing the car just a bit & try again if it engages then its a tooth gone.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014


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It could be a loose wire or connector, defective or dirty contacts in the lock cylinder, broken wire coming from the lock cylinder or a temperature sensitive module to name a few things.

If this happens only when the temperature is cold, it could be a leaking Fuel Pressure Regulator (FPR), or due to lost pressure in the fuel lines due to cold, in which case you may have to replace the fuel pump / fuel filter / clean injectors.

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Posted on May 22, 2008


Colin Stickland

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SOURCE: starter runs but won't engage flywheel

engine crank thrusts worn and crank moved back enough to not engage ,with a manual the clutch would push it forewards.or the flex plate on the back of the torque converter damaged and broke in teh centre where bolts to the crank

Posted on Dec 27, 2008


Louis Magpantay

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SOURCE: when truck is running the starter want's to engage not good for the flywheel or starter i think it might be the ingnition switch but not sure need help /???

hi! there,
well, possible cause engaging starter while
running there is a short circuit on your starting
system wiring.
check on ignition switch after starting and
engine run normally,possibility after
cranking and release the key run
engine normally there is short occurd on
solenoid relay.if defective replace this is
mounted separately from starter motor.
usually on near engine there a fuse and
relay box.

you mention you changed starter motor
and no change,there is starter solenoid
attached directly to starter motor
assembly this to move the plunger pinion
gear that will hook the flywheel to turn.
after cranking and normal engine run.after
that the plunger pinion gear will disengage
by the supply from solenoid you
must check your solenoid relay circuit.

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009


Jonathan Suttles

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SOURCE: starter runs but won't engage flywheel

Hello, I would make sure that your car is not one of those half year cars becuase two differn't starters may be offered for the same year of car. Also, I would check and see if your battery has enough CCA's to power your system. The only other thing is to turn your crankshaft with a breaker bar to turn your flywheel to possibly get a fresh area of teeth on it. If none of this fails it's as simple as just replacing the flywheel. If you did a bench test on the starter and the bendix engaged that is good. Buying parts from an Auto parts store does not gurantee the part is good and that the bendix engages the full distance to turn the flywheel. I would try to find a mechanic who rebuilds starters to make sure that the bendix is engaging fully. I hope this helps you!

Posted on May 20, 2009


Shannon Currie

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SOURCE: Starter doesn't engage with flywheel

Craw under the jeep with a screw driver and turn the flywheel a couple notches.....then try starting. If that worked you have a bad spot on your flywheel and will need another or repeat process till you get money for perm repair.[there may be a dust cover to remove]

Posted on Dec 19, 2009

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