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when i have the key in the on position to crank it, most of the time it cranks, but if it dont fire, it wont keep cranking, until it fires. think i have a bad starter?

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Sounds like a starter solonoid. You could rebuild the solonoid or buy a new (or rebuilt) starter. There are only 2 components in the starter, the starter motor and the starter solonoid which controls the engagement of the gear and the switching (on/off) of the starter motor. That switch gets turned on by activating an electro magnet that pulls in the starter gear and turns on the starter motor. 9 times out of 10 it's the solonoid with the problem.
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Boduke. Assuming the battery is in a good condition.

If the bendix does not work, you will probably just hear some clicking sound.

If it does work, you will hear it come in. You surely must know the sound of this.

Then you can try the following. On the starter motor there is a big connection holding the battery cable. Opposite this is a lead coming from within the motor housing. When you short these 2 the motor should start running (some 6000 - 8000 RPM). If it does not, your brushes might be worn (if not, some winding is giving you trouble).

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yeah, when it stops cranking, it just makes like a whining noise, almost like sighing. do you think i should replace the whole starter? they are like 60 bux right? thanks

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