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OK, I'm believing the starter isn't the problem, just the symptom. I put the new starter in on tuesday and it was great. I took it for a short ride that day, it sat wednesday and I took it for a long ride to day, about fifty miles. It sat for a couple hours, then I used it to pick up my stepson from school 3 miles away. It sat for maybe half an hour when i wanted to go to the store and nothing. I hear it engage, but all it does is whine and strain, even a cheap starter lasts longer than this.

So the question is, what else could be happening to cause this?
 

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If you hear the starter spin but the engine doesn't turn the start clutch isn't engaging. What weight oil are you using?
 

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10W40
 

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If you are having cold weather and I assume you are in NY you may have to change to 10w30. Also try putting some Marvel mystery oil in the crank case, maybe 8 ounces with the oil if you aren't going to change it soon or a pint and run it a few miles before you change the oil to loosen up the start clutch, it may be gummed up some.
 

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If it is not your starter clutch, and usually they work fine when they are warm then the gears in the front of the starter may have broken. There is a set of planetary reduction gears in the nose of the starter itself.....
 
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