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2005 Mitsubishi Galant: Starter motor turns..engage..electrical power

Customer Question

2005 Mitsubishi Galant will not start. Starter motor turns but bendix does not engage. Plenty of electrical power.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Amedee replied 8 years ago.



So is the motor turning over with the starter?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The motor does not turn over since the bendix of the starter does not engage the ring gear.
Expert:  Amedee replied 8 years ago.

Sounds like the new starter motor is bad.


You are going to have to replace the starter motor and retest.


This should take care of your problem.


Just be sure the flywheel is in good shape.


Inspect the flywheel very carefully when the starter is out and make sure that there are no teeth missing and that the flywheel is not moving in and out as the motor is turned slowly. You can do this my hand at the crankshaft bolt.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Have already tried replacement starter. Same problem.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Flywheel is OK. and rigid.
Expert:  Amedee replied 8 years ago.
So does the starter ring gear (small gear) move outward when the starter is engaged?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I tested the starter on the bench and everything was fine.
Expert:  Amedee replied 8 years ago.

So then the problem must be on your car.


Double check the flywheel. It might be cracked.


Turn the motor over slow and watch the flywheel.


It might move in and out as it turns.



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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
OK. Thanks for everything.
Expert:  Amedee replied 8 years ago.

Thanks for the accept!


Let me know what you find!