Re: Car won't start

Posted by Rick Black on June 20, 1997 at 12:33:26

In Reply to: Car won't start
posted by Walt on June 20, 1997 at 10:31:18

One more thing to check.If the starter quits suddenly when you try to start the car but the lights and horn still work, your car may have a problem in the starter's bendix assembly as it tried to engage to the ring gear on the flywheel.

The starter on my '31 Tudor sometimes hangs up as I try to start it up.Seems like the bendix jams into the ring gear.What I do is to put the car in 1st or Reverse and then go to the front of the car and grab the bumper and violently rock the car back and forth.When I hear a thump, the bendix has been kicked free and it usually will turn over on the next try.

Check the battery condition first; it's usually the problem. But if a healthy battery suddenly won't let the starter turn over, check out the bendix problem.

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