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What would cause the starter to stay engaged when starting in an 08 avenger

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A sticky or worn Bendix unit or a weak or broken Bendix spring will cause the starter to keep spinning after the engine has started.
In many late model cars the whole starter motor has to be replaced, but it may only need freeing up.

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well the car won't start it just keeps turning over like its going to start. if we replace the ignition switch will the car start??? were is the bendix spring located?
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Nothing to do with the ignition switch. I had to take my key out to stop the starter motor from grinding, too and once it's grinding it's damaging itself more so will go quickly. You just need starting power to crank ur motor over -- all about the starter.
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Original starter or replacement? I have seen vehicles go thru starters if it isn't the right size for the vehicle or if wiring problems exist.

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its the original starter that came w/the car. we have been experiencing sum other problems like when we go to start it and turn the key over everything turns on but the car. there is no noise nothing. then we have to take key out and repeat like 3-4 times then it starts then last night went out to start it to leave and the starter stayed engaged and car wouldnt start had to turn key off n take out to stop it.
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Starting the engine takes far more power than powering accessories. Sorry you are having this trouble now! Best of luck
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Just looked at ur response again. Definitely sounds like the starter is failing to engage properly, then engaging when it shouldn't. Had this on 64 landcruiser. Got a pep boys starter with lifetime warranty. Replaced it once more (ground out like the first) then it was good since. Glad I got the one with lifetime warranty! Didn't even cost more!
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