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    hi all im new to this forum.

    ive owned my e36 coupe for about 3 months, brothers had 3 already.

    the problem was the one way clutch was not working on the starter motor, so had to wait for it to work.

    so i thought it would be easier to get hold of a new starter motor, got one and fitted it.

    the problem is still the same- starter motor whines but its like the startermotor clutch is not engaging to turn the flywheel.

    please help me as it ran out of mot on 19th dec and i have no car until its moted.
     
     

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    What noise is it making if it does make a noise? Im pretty useless on the ignition parts of a car but does the starter get enough power? Have you made sure its getting any power? should be a permanent live (Big ass hefty cable) and a little baby ignition live. make sure these are tested and check the earthstrap (sounds daft but if you havent got any other ideas, wont harm) - take the strap off sand down where its connected and give the lug a good ol clean then bolt it back up with your fingers crossed
     
     

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    was the starter motor new or second hand it might just need a little bit of grease on the shaft the gear sits on
    have you checked all of you wiring around it and made sure the earth is clean?
     
     

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    the starter motor is new,

    it makes a sound as its spinning sound as its turning, but the solenoid is not working so its not getting the flywheel to turn with it.

    any more ideas,

    could it be the ignition barrels- ive heard they get worn.
     
     

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    not sure but i had the same problem when I rebuilt my micra. The starter spun and made a weird grinding noise but wasnt turning the engine, I tooke mine back off remade the connections - make sure if the connections are bolted on that the smaller cable is well clear of the block in case its shorting.
     
     

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    i know this will sound stupid but have you tried the battery to see if it has enough charge in it? did the connections have any rust on them? and have you checked the oil/water for any signs of a head gasket failure?
     
     

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    right lets get back to the problem.

    the actual propblem is the starter motor is just spinning (not being pushed out so it can spin the flywheel as well). initially you should here a click as the pinion is being pushed out and then a spin which starts the car)

    it sounds as if the starter solenoid/oneway clutch is not working.

    been to see a few wannabe mechanics they have given me b**ls**t about the starter motor not being alligned. (alligned against what???).


    i have bench tested my old starter motor, the solenoid is working fine.

    so am i right in saying there is a problem with my wiring:

    has anyone had this problem before.

    please help me!!
     
     

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    Can you disconnect the main cables from the starter keeping them from touching anything, leaving only the black/yellow wire on the solenoid, then operate the key and see if the solenoid sounds as if it's operating ok first of all.
     
     

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    if it doesnt sound what does that mean??
     
     

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    New engine lol
     
     

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