Okay, number 2 indicates to me that the starter motor is working but the Bendix (the mechanism that forces the starter gear to pop out and engage with the flex plate) does not appear to be working. In that case it would appear that you need a new starter.
But since you mentioned this, could you take a video of you "moving the flex plate? Or at least describe it for me in detail? When you say you can move it by hand, do you mean that you can rotate it by hand with some effort? Or does it wiggle or turn as if its loose?
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 AT 1:24 PM