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Starter whines when turning the key

Starter whines when turning the key If your starter whines when you turn the key, you probably have a failing starter drive, also called a “Bendix.” The starter drive contains a gear to mesh with the flywheel and a one-way clutch. The clutch is designed to transfer rotation and torque from the starter motor to the flywheel during cranking. Once the engine begins to fire on its own, the flywheel rotates much faster than the starter motor. To prevent the engine from driving the start motor at high speeds that … Read More

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