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Unread 10-06-2004   #1 (permalink)
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Default Starter is making a grinding noise while cranking ? Bad starter or flywheel possibly?

hey, whats up? Ive had problems with my starter. I bought the car and it started all the time and then it slowly started making a small grinding noise while turning the motor over to start it. The starter still worked while it grinded but i noticed it kept gettin worse and eventually it locked up. I put a new one in and it was fine and then the process started all over again with the grinding and then binding up. I have no idea what this could be. Does anyone know or has had this problem ever before? last time i had the starter off i inspected the whole flywheel by turning the motor, it was chewed up a little bit but i filed the teeth and it seemed to be fine. Please help me, i dont know whats up with this! could it be a wrong flywheel, bent, teeth dont match up to the starter? i dont know, thanks - Josh
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it probably is your starter drive. I would change it ASAP before you mess up your flywheel. Take the starter out and you can turn the drive to see if it is stiff. It should have a tension against it if it is really easy to turn the drive needs to be replaced. I would also check the brushes while i was there.
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dude;the bendix will stay engaged as long as the voltage is correct and you dont have a heavy draw,since you already replaced the starter and the problem still exists you may have a starter solenoid thats getting(high resistance) hot and allowing the bendix to kick in and out while the starter is turning,hence the grinding noise that by the way will eventually ruin the flywheel.
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what can i do to solve this problem easily? What should i check for?
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you can try replacing the solenoid and see if that does anything.
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I just replaced my solenoid and it did nothing, i also put a new flywheel in when i did my clutch cuz i put 4 new starters in before the flywheel i figured the flywheel was the problem. i just put another starter in and still the same thing, how do i check the voltage to see if it is correct?
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