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starter turns, engine doesn't

In a different thread, I wrote:
Very often my car does not start the first time I try -- nothing happens when I move the key into the "start" position. Then, I put the car in neutral and try again. Sometimes this works, but usually I have to put the car in drive momentarily and then back into neutral. Then when I try, it starts right up. What's going on?
Another problem I have that seems to be getting more common is that the starter turns, but the engine doesn't. Fiddling with the gear shifter always seems to fix it eventually. What would cause this?

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Could be a bad bendix and/or ring gear. A close inspection would reveal obvious damage.

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