Q: Why does my starter just spin and don't engage

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Why does my starter just spin and doesn't engage

My car has 189000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Rodney. Thanks for contacting us today. Usually when a starter motor doesn’t engage with the flywheel, it’s due to a solenoid on the starter being damaged. When you turn the key, electricity engages the starter motor and activates a solenoid. The solenoid pushes a bar to engage the starter sprag to engage with the flywheel. If it just spins, the solenoid is typically at fault.

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