Grinding noise on start up

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  1. Daniel I

    Daniel I New Member

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    Every time I start my car I get this nasty grinding type noise when it just cranks over, what would be the cause of this?

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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My guess... The starter isn't disengaging immediately.
    I would check the teeth on the starter gear and flexplate to be sure they aren't chipped and worn.
    If they still look good, it may be a weak return spring between the solenoid and starter.
    If the starter is really old and gunked up, it may just be crud in the spiral splines preventing it from disengaging properly.

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    Stock type starters aren't very expensive. It might be worth replacing if the teeth look bad.
     
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    dave@ztech Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Also check to make sure the bolts holding the starter are not loose , letting the starter move , and get out of line, had one do that, and then snapped the block where it bolted on, really ruined my day, HAA HA
     
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    Ok, thanks for the response, I appreciate the help!
     
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    Thanks for the response, but damn that’s crazy, is something like that repairable?
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    The starter is easily repairable with a low priced rebuild kit. However, if the gears on the flywheel/flexplate are chewed up, that isn't so easy to fix.
    Before using that starter anymore, pull it off and inspect it. While it is off, look in and see what the teeth on the flywyeel/flexplate look like.
    A rebuild kit like this should fix all the little problems with the starter.
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    dave@ztech Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    When it broke the starter from the block, I removed the solenoid from the starter, and tied it off to the fender, and push started it, thank god for high compression, HAA HA, just had to have it roll and it would start when I popped the clutch , just had to park on a slope everywhere , HAA HA , yours sounds simple, just get it off like Gary suggested and get a look at it. Easy fix usually
     
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    bourbon_scotch Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    sounds like a old or bad starter
     
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    if you try everthing else and it still grinds you may have to shim the starter also you may have to count the teeth on the fly wheel and then check and see if the teeth on the starter drive is a match to the fly wheel
     

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