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I have replaced the starter on 98 Camry and still it is only

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I have replaced the starter on 98 Camry and still it is only a whining [it works ] sound but is not engaging the flexwheel. All teeth are there and not rounded, it appears as normal. Had starter tested and it extends fully and "passed". Any suggestions ? Thanks
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Toyota Mechanic: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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Let me see if I can help you with this one.

That sounds like a broken flywheel, or a seized engine.

Are you certain that the engine isn't locked up? Can you put a socket on the crank pulley and get the engine to turn over by hand?

When you removed the starter to look at the flywheel teeth, did you try to move it? I have seen the flywheel break loose from the crank and spin without turning the engine, only on the automatic transmission model though.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Engine turns over w/ 3/8 drive ratchet, "not seized". Flywheel is rock solid and moves w/ turning. All teeth are there and do not appear rounded. Any other thoughts ?
Toyota Mechanic: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Was the same thing happening with the old starter?

Is there a possibility that the new starter is the wrong part?

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Toyota Mechanic: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

I supposed there could be a possibility that the crankshaft has broken. Was there any indication of engine problems when it last ran, or did it just not start back up one day?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No, it is identical
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It was running well , no indication of engine problems at all , went to start and get only a whine sound " engine not turning over next a.m.
Toyota Mechanic: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

To check for a broken crank shaft you can pull all of the spark plugs and look down each plug hole with a flashlight while turning the engine by hand. If you can see each cylinder reach the top and go back down then the crank is ok. If one or more cylinders never reach the top, then the crank is broken.

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Toyota Mechanic: Jared D, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Hi, I just wanted to see if you needed any additional information. Also, if I have been of some assistance I would appreciate a positive rating.

Thanks!

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