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2006 Ford escape when I try to start the starter just spins

Customer Question

2006 Ford escape when I try to start the starter just spins is brand new starter just installed
JA: When you turn the key, do you get a single loud click, or a series of rapid ones?
Customer: Single
JA: Are you fixing your Escape yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just putting a new starter
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. you said it just spins but then you say its one loud click?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
It acts like the Bendix is not turning the flywheel
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
There is actually no click it just spins
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

ok.....can you physically put your hand on it and make sure you cant feel the bendix operating? or are you by yourself?

Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

in the meantime i will pull up a print for you.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
I am by myself
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

ok we will have to check some voltages. do you have a multi meter?

Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

what size engine?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
No
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
2.3
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

i cant help you if you dont have a meter, except tell you what fuses to check then. ill send you a diagram of the fuses.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
OK thanks
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

check all the fuses related to starter or igniton and diodes related to starter or ignition. also take another relay close to the starter relay and swap it . let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
OK thank you I will check these and let you know something
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

ok thank you.

Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

any luck?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
No luck
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

ok. what was the reason for replacing the starter in the first place?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
The old one went out
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Had it tested it was bad
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

ok. did you replace it with a reman or new?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Not sure probably reman bought it from auto zone this is the 3rd new starter I have put on it 1st 2 were I got from them turned out to be bad
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Could it possibly be the switch or something to do with the switch
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

ok, if you got it from autozone, chances are its bad again. lets try checking the voltage at the starter solenoid when trying to start.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Ok but I am not near the car at the moment. I probably need to just go get a starter from somewhere else?
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

that would be my opinion...autozone is horrible

Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

any update?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Not at the moment went out of town am going to go somewhere else this week and get a new starter and try it
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

ok

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
As soon as I get something done with it I'll send you a message and let you know how it went
Expert:  david craig replied 12 months ago.

sounds good

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

hows it going?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No luck and I am stumped just don't know what else to try
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

did you replace it again?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
this is the 3rd one I have put on it
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

ok. you are going to have to ohm out the wiring to the solenoid. ill get you a print

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Got the car started ran a wire from the hot post on the solenoid to the battery and the car started so I am told that means the relay switch is bad