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I have a 2010 focus 1.8 dtci I changed the dualmass flywheel

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I have a 2010 focus 1.8 dtci I changed the dualmass flywheel to a solid flywheel and the starter motor doesn't engage with solid flywheel to turn the engine
JA: When you turn the key, do you get a single loud click, or a series of rapid ones?
Customer: Just a click and the starter turning but not engaging
JA: Are you fixing your Focus yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes fix it myself and I've just had the starter reconditioned but still sounds the same
JA: Is there anything else the Mechanic should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I replaced the whole engine and there was a solid flywheel on the engine with a new clutch kit so I left it that way as I thought it would be better with the solid flywheel but the starter doesn't seem to be engaging with it as if it's to small
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  CarDoc replied 16 days ago.

Hi, How are you?
I'm Shabaz, one of the automotive experts. I will be happy to assist you today. Hopefully we can get this resolved quickly.

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When the starter turns, the spindle of the starter is supposed extend out and engage with the teeth of the flywheel. I would advise removing the starter and testing it to see if the spindle extends when it receives power.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I've done that and it works perfectly
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Can we try fix by message
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
No can message
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Can I get an answer please ?
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Your not much help
Expert:  CarDoc replied 16 days ago.

This should have been checked when fitting the solid flywheel, adjustments are easy to make with the gearbox out of the way. I would advise removing the gearbox and checking the starter engagement with the gearbox removed, it's likely the flywheel may not be the correct one for the engine.

Expert:  CarDoc replied 16 days ago.

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