Starter turns but doesn't engage flywheel

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I'm getting an enthusiastic whirring from the starter motor when I turn the key, but no crank. Should I look for a rebuild kit or just get a new starter altogether?
 

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I had this happen with a fresh Denso rebuild from Rock Auto. It tested good and would function properly on the bench. Solenoid threw the shaft outwards and all. Once I installed it in the car, it would just spin freely without engaging the flywheel. Very frustrating.

If it's a Toyota starter, I'd try to rebuild if you can. If it's already non-OEM I'd just buy another reman - perhaps not from Rock Auto though. Mine was a bear to return and get credit on. I'm still bitter about that, years later.