Replaced the starter and it still will not start

Tiny
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I can hear starter spinning but motor is not trying to turn over. What can I try to do to fix this?
Saturday, February 13th, 2021 AT 1:33 AM

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Tiny
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Hi,

Is the starter engaging with the engine and turning the engine? Or, do you just hear the starter spinning?

As far as not starting, it could be a few things. If the starter is turning the engine, you may not be getting fuel or spark to the plugs. Let me know if the engine is turning. If it is, take a look through this link. It explains the most common causes of a crank no start condition.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

One last thing. If you can record it cranking and upload it for me to hear, it may be helpful.

Let me know as much as you can.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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Saturday, February 13th, 2021 AT 7:06 PM
Tiny
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I took the starter off and inspected the flywheel inside the bellhousing. I believe that I did not have the starter gears lined up with the flywheel. Thank you for your help!
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Saturday, February 13th, 2021 AT 8:34 PM
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Be sure that ring bracket on the left side goes to the outside of the starter and not between it and the block, it would cause the nose of the starter to move enough that it wouldn't engage the ring gear.
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Sunday, February 14th, 2021 AT 1:47 PM
Tiny
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Thank you, I figured that out the hard way. I truly appreciate your responses they have been right on point. I am not use to working on my own vehicle and have made lots of mistakes. So at this point although I think I may have gotten to the point where I feel confident with the starter, my battery is now not keeping a charge, so I won’t know if I am through asking questions (I only have the weekends to work on it) not sure why the battery is now not keeping a charge. It is old and the truck has been sitting uncovered. Not to mention it’s winter time. I am planning on purchasing a used battery because the truck is not worth much, also the truck has a rack and pinion issue. Not sure what to do. I think I can buy the part fairly cheap but depending on labor costs it may not be worth it was planning on (if I could get it started) driving it to a shop me and my ex used many times. Seriously worried about this truck. Any advice?
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 12:58 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

I'm glad to hear you have the starter fixed. As far as the rack and pinion, I need you to start a new thread. We try to keep the threads specific to one topic. We can help you replace the rack as well.

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/new

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 5:13 PM
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On the battery drain, did that start after the starter was replaced or you're not sure? If after then look at the battery connection at the starter and up to see if there is an area that rubbed through or possibly was damaged.
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Monday, February 15th, 2021 AT 6:34 PM
Tiny
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Thank you again for all of your help I appreciate it. Okay, so I got a different battery and I was able to get the starter on and it does start. It sounds rough and my truck never sounded bad like this before. I bought oil to try to see if maybe that is the reason I’m not sure why it sounds this way and I don’t know when I’m going to get a chance to work on it again. But I was able to get the starter to turn the engine over and crank enough to get it started, but it doesn’t sound right.
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 AT 5:02 PM
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Keep in mind the truck has been sitting for a long time I’d say at least a couple months and pretty harsh weather hence the battery draining. I even had a tire go completely flat. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciate it.
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 AT 5:03 PM
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Hi,

If it has been sitting, make sure none of the plug wires or vacuum lines have been chewed by mice. Also, can you record it and upload it for me to hear? That should help me.

Let me know.

Joe
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 AT 6:25 PM
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As Joe stated, if you could upload a video here so we can hear it, that would be a big help. Setting isn't a good thing for vehicles. The fluids moving in them and the heating and cooling of the engine actually does quite a bit to keep them running properly. For instance the fuel in the tank will start to go "stale", the lack of heat in the engine can let moisture build up and cause issues because it doesn't get boiled off. Things like the injectors are lubricated by the fuel going through them and setting can cause them to gum up and get sticky which will cause rough running. If they set long enough valves can rust in place as well. Plus the battery will constantly have some load on it from things in the vehicle that stay active, like the clock, anti-theft and remote systems. For that it's a good idea to get a battery maintainer to keep things charged while it sets.
Tires going flat means there is some small leak, either a rim is corroded or a small puncture or valve stem leak. Being it's very cold those are not easy to find without a way to find the leak, like a tub or tire bath to see if the leak shows up.
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 AT 8:43 PM
Tiny
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Thank you. I got the starter on. My apologies if this is a duplicate response I have tried to upload the video. I will try again now.
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Thursday, February 18th, 2021 AT 5:38 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

I was wondering if you got this taken care of. We haven't heard from you. Also, have you been able to get the video update?

Let me know.

Joe
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Friday, February 19th, 2021 AT 4:56 PM

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