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I'm having a problem with the car starting. I just replaced

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I'm having a problem with the car starting. I just replaced the starter and it doesn't even want to crank now
JA: Have you checked the fuel supply? And are all the spark plugs working?
Customer: Plugs all have spark and theresee fuel through the rail
JA: What is the model/year of your VW?
Customer: 04 jetta gli 1.8t
JA: Are you fixing your Jetta GLI yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Well I had a problem with the starter before and it had just died one day so I got a new one. After I put the new one in the car would crank fine but would take a few tries to turn over and sounded like the starter was grinding so I got another starter thinkingredients the part was defective and when I pulled the starter out it was obvious that it was only catching the flywheel on the very edge and now that the new starter is in it doesn't seem to even want to crank most of the time
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No I think that's it
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  cloe0626 replied 10 months ago.

dose the starter turn at all

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Not most of the time. Every 5 or so tries it will
Expert:  cloe0626 replied 10 months ago.

how about if you remove it from the flywheel will it turn over then

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  cloe0626 replied 10 months ago.

sounds like the starter isnt seating into the flywheel can you see any damaged teeth on the flywheel

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The flywheel was okay when I took the starter out. If that's the case why wouldn't it crank?
Expert:  cloe0626 replied 10 months ago.

was there spacers on the starter that you originally took out it sounds like the starter is not seating in correctly