Classic/Antique Car Repair/1948 dodge

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Hello I just bought (3 days ago) a 1948 dodge car I think its a deluxe but I'm not sure. It has a flat head six in it. Since i bought it, its been starting fine. Yesterday and today still, I go out to try to start it, but the starter just spins and makes a winding noise, what should I do to correct this problem? Thank you for your help

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Sounds very much like the starter drive has failed. This can be replaced without replacing the entire starter. However the starter must be removed in order to replace the drive unit. But first check the battery making sure that it is fully charged and all the battery cables to make sure they are tight and clean.

I hit send too quick. Now is the starter turning the engine over and the engine will not fire or is the starter just making a whirring noise. If the starter is spinning the engine and it will not start then the problem is more likely in the fuel system or the ignition system. If the starter is not turning the engine but just making a whirring noise then the suspect is the starter drive.

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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

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Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

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Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

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More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

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Moto Award winner. And much more.

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