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Did this problem occur suddenly, or gradually, over a period of time?
Thank you for this information. Can you tell if the gear on your starter, is actually meshing with the gear on your flywheel, as it is spinning?
These are only troubleshooting questions.
Have you recently removed your battery?
Thanks for this information. The reason I asked, is because I would like for you to double check, to make sure your battery cables are on the correct posts on your battery. If your cable are crossed, this will cause your starter to spin, but not engage your flywheel.
This leads me to believe that your starter is at fault, due to the fact the your starter will spin, but the gear will not rise up and engage your flywheel. You swapped batteries, and that did not make a difference in the performance of your starter.
Please take a look at part number 92210A, in the image I attached for you. This part could be stripped.
Thank you for checking. I do believe that part number 92210A, will need to be replaced on your starter.
I highlighted the part in the image below.
Are all of your connections clean and tight? If so, you will very likely need to either rebuild your starter, or replace it.
I would like to suggest that you get your starter tested.