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03-07-2012, 10:36 AM
When I turn the key to start the engine chugs once and stops. You can hear the starter still spinning though.

03-08-2012, 09:31 AM
could the teeth on the starter/flywheel not be catching? I think I might pull the starter to have it tested and take a look at the flywheel but I don't think the starter's bad if it's turning.

03-08-2012, 10:28 AM
Sounds like the starter solenoid is not properly engaging the flywheel.

On the bottom of the starter you should see a black plastic cover held on with two screws. Take the cover off and then watch the flywheel while someone else tries to start the car.

You might also be able to see the flywheel while laying under the car looking up at the left side of the transmission where it meets the engine at the bell housing. Depends on how much access you have to the underside of the vehicle.