When trying to start starter will not spin

Tiny
BRIBRI05606
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET IMPALA
  • 3.4L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 230,000 MILES
When trying to start starter will spin but won't extend and engage flywheel.
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Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 AT 4:32 PM

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Tiny
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This sounds like the starter is having problems or the battery needs to be load tested these guides can help us fix it.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

Please run down these guides and report back.

Let me know.
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Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 AT 8:56 PM
Tiny
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Yes. I dont think that the aperture is extending. It's just spinning and making a high pitch whining noise.
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Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 AT 8:59 PM
Tiny
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That sounds like the Bendix is bad. That is the part that forces the gear in the starter to extend and engage with the flywheel. If you hear the starter motor spinning really fast but the engine itself (look at the engine belt) isn't turning, replace the starter. There was a time when people would replace the solenoid/Bendix, but it really isn't cost effective anymore. Actually, I don't even know if you can still purchase individual parts like that.

Take a look through this link. It explains how a starter works. In the link, it discusses the Bendix.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-starter-and-solenoid-works

Here is a link that shows in general how one is replaced:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

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Here are directions specific to replacement on your vehicle. The attached pictures correlate with the directions.

2002 Chevrolet Impala V6-3.4L VIN E
Procedures
Vehicle Starting and Charging Starting System Starter Motor Service and Repair Procedures
PROCEDURES
REMOVAL PROCEDURE

IMPORTANT: The starter motor on this vehicle is NOT serviceable and must be replaced as a complete unit.

pic 1

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle.
3. Remove the lower air deflector.
4. Remove the torque converter covers.
5. Remove the starter solenoid BAT terminal nut (8) and remove the positive battery cable (9) from the starter motor.
6. Remove the starter solenoid S terminal nut (7) and remove the starter solenoid wire (6) from the starter motor.

pic 2

7. Remove the starter bolts (1,2) and remove the starter motor. Remove the shims, if necessary.

INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

pic 3

1. The 3.4L uses a PG260 F1 starter motor. Verify that the correct starter motor is being installed.

pic 4

2. Align the starter motor to the engine. Install any shims, if removed.

NOTE: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

3. Install the starter bolts (1,2) finger tight until seated.

Tighten
Tighten the starter bolts to 43 N.m (32 lb ft).

pic 5

4. Install the positive battery cable (9) and install the solenoid BAT terminal nut (8) finger tight to the starter motor.
Install the starter solenoid wire (6) and install the starter solenoid S terminal nut (7) finger tight to the starter motor.

Tighten
Tighten the solenoid BAT terminal nut (8) to 10 N.m (89 lb in).
Tighten the starter solenoid S terminal nut (7) to 2.3 N.m (20.5 lb in).

5. Install the torque converter covers.
6. Install the lower air deflector.
7. Lower the vehicle.
8. Connect the negative battery cable.

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Please feel free to let me know if you have other questions. Also, if you get the chance, let me know if this takes care of the issue.

Take care and have a great holiday.

Joe
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 AT 5:47 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for the info. I will doing the job tomorrow and I will definitely let you know what happens.
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 AT 6:02 PM
Tiny
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You are very welcome. Take care and I will watch for your reply.

Just fyi. Please make sure the battery is disconnected before you start working on the starter. There is constant power 12v direct from the battery and it is really easy to short thing when you are near the starter.

Joe
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 AT 6:41 PM
Tiny
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Will do. Thank you.
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 AT 7:33 PM
Tiny
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Happy to help.

Joe
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 AT 7:52 PM

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