It DOES start, but just makes a continuous whining sound? The first thing you should check after hearing a loud whining noise when accelerating is the engine oil. When this occurs; it means the starter is not engaging with the flywheel. Yes, I am positive that the pinion gear is being spun by the starter & that's my "whining" sound. Thanx for your advice, spo. I am not sure why the shop found no oil in the motor. Being as you are hearing a whining noise, My bet is the starter is turning, but the starter gear is stuck on the bendix. A very common problem on these, especially if they are dirty, or old.. Try again, if I hear the whine, back off again. There was no evidence of an oil leak. Freewheeling occurs when you crank the engine and simply hear a whining noise without the engine cranking. Pull the shroud off so you can see the top of the starter, and then try turning the key. Car which I have installed it into is a Subaru B4 Legacy 2000. Bu since the clutch is out, it doesn't turn the flywheel. If the whining sound occurs when you shift the gear to the Reverse or Forward and it goes away after moving to the Neutral mode, the torque converter must be having a problem. This is a worrying situation which could result in having to replace the whole component. Low Engine Oil. This is the way I installed it. If the engine is turning over with the starter engaged, the engine has most likely jumped time that creates low or no compression which results in the whining noise. Once the clutch burns out, it free-wheels all the time. The whine is fairly distinct and immediately disappears when the engine fires and I let off the ignition key. This is a worrying situation which could result in having to replace the whole component. Perhaps starter motor is not engaging? Depends on what engine if it's the valves.. . No oil on the ground , garage floor, or on the engine or hood. When this occurs, it means the starter is not engaging with the flywheel . When All Else Fails There are instances when the only cure for a noisy starter is the use of shims. If the engine is not spinning over and you hear a whining noise, the starter is not engaging the flywheel. Once the engine starts running on it's own, the starter drive free-wheels. My car has a factory clutch starter kill, don't know if that will affect the starter in any way? This is an old mower. I have replaced the starter twice. So the starter drive kicks into the flywheel and the starter motor spins it. I have an 87 jeep yj. No trade in, and reccomended an entry level model. Intermittent Issues Starting The Engine Freewheeling occurs when you crank the engine and simply hear a whining noise without the engine cranking. The starter drive engages the flywheel ring gear and has a one-way clutch inside. The mechanic said it could not be fixed, but he had a friend who might give me $50-$100 dollars for it. When I go to start my jeep I turn the key and all it makes is a whining noise like the starter is spinning but not engaging the fly wheel. Turbo-Joe: If the magnetic switch does not fully pull the starter pinion forward, does it just spin?-----Edit: I only have to hear the whine for a half second then let off the key. Then at start when I turn the key, the engine starts fine, but as I release the key from the start to the run position I hear what sounds like the starter motor make a noise (short zipping sound). Is the engine turning over with the key in the start position? It rotates when the engine runs. A 2005 LT 1042. Engine Freewheeling. 7. But what doesn't make sense is that the actual starter relay contacts aren't "made" until the travel is such that the flywheel SHOULD be engaged by the pinion gear, atleast that's the idea. Hi, I am new to this site so forgive me for any mistakes. The engine has to be cold (like sat overnight) and the outside temp has to be cold. 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