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01 996 Starter problem?

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Hey guys,

Anyone ever seen a problem where the starter spins but doesn't turn the engine over? I can get the car to start when i roll the car a little, then the starter fully engages and the car turns over and starts. It is very intermittent. Tends to happen when the car is sitting for 4 or more hours. When the car is warm it usually starts fine. I was thinking it was starter problem but then looking through the forums and saw people have all sorts of problems with starting, cluth pedal switch, ignition switch, battery etc. I then remebered there are times when the car starting is delayed several seconds after turn the key and have the clutch pedal depressed. I have also had problems with the battery but then replaced withe a red top Optima battery. Is there a basic order I should go about trying to figure this intermittent problem out? Also, does anyone have a DIY article or diagram on how to replace the starter?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Don't know if this happens on Porsches, but we had a GM where the starter's teeth wore off, so sometimes it didn't turn over the motor, sometimes it did. It got progressively worse and worse until it stopped catching at all.

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Yes it can be the stater teeth and also the bendix that refuse to engage the engine gears(extend towards the gear). If you hear the starter turning free it is obviously one of the two scenario. If the starter is not turning at all it can be the clutch switch or another electrical problem...

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I think you would know it if the teeth were shot.It sounds to me that your starter motor solenoid is on the way out which means that it will spin the motor but not fast enough to throw out the bendix to engage the flywheel.When warm the bendix slides out easier than cold.First I would check your wiring connections at the starter motor because a slightly loose or corroded terminal can cause similar symptoms.Second, an auto electrician can on most cars bypass the solenoid to get full power to the starter and this will show whether this is the problem.It would need to be qualified to work on porsche.Alternatively,take it out yourself and get it tested on a bench-you can check the flywheel teeth at the same time.Good luck,Ian :)

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