2005 SATURN RELAY I AM HAVING STARTING ISSUE WITH MY 2005 R

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  • vinnmann1969
  • 2005 Saturn Relay

Electrical problem
2005 Saturn Relay 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 56,000 miles

I recently changed my starter and I am still having the same problem. My starter seems to turn the engine over fine when it’s cold though it has done it once in a while but it is more prevalent when warm. The issue is the starter makes a sound like it is turning over but the engine is not. It seems like the starter drive is slipping but I know it’s good. The sound is not a click, click, and clicks either. The battery is original, so I am thinking change it anyway but I had it tested at a parts store and they said it was fine. It seems like the starter drive gets stuck or does not engage into the flywheel but I know it is spinning. If I turn the key off again and back on it will eventually turn the engine over and start. This issue does not happen every time either. Any suggestions would be great.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 AT 7:33 AM

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When your old starter went out did it make any grinding noises? If so the flexplate (flywheel) may have a few bad spots that are not letting the starter gear engage. Did you get a high quality replacement starter or a cheapy? I have seen more than one starer bad right out of the box, so you may want to try another one. Also get a meter and be sure you have afull 12 volts at the big wire and small wire (in crank position)

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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 8:04 AM
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Flex plate is good. There were never any grinding noises.(Noise was like the drive spinning but not engaging but it is the gear reduction starter so I am not used to the sounds they make) There is no metal shavings either. Drive and flywheel mesh great. The old starter and the new are doing same thing. I was hoping this was a common issue with this engine. I have been around cars all my life and this issue is puzzling me but I know enough to know if it has happened once it has happened to others. Oh well I will just try a new battery and hope for the best. Thank you for trying.

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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 8:28 AM
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Check the voltages, it could be a poor connection

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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 10:00 AM

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