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Starter has a grinding sound

Will not start engine

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    If it's like a loud "ZIP" like noise, your starter drive is worn, sticky or just plain had it. Worse scenario, teeth on flywheel worn, but not likely or common. You can sometimes take starter off, have a good look at teeth on drive for worn down, and if not too bad, lube the area of the shaft it slides back & forth on, with grease to help it do what it does better. No gaurantees lubing will cure it, and it may only be good for a while. If you know someone who can change the drive for you, it can be replaced with out replacing the whole starter, but usually for the difference in price, people tend to replace whole starter to eliminate future starter problems.

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Mine did the same thing so I replaced the starter and no problem, working like a charm, but is a bear to put in hope you have small hands, and have fun, cost about $50.00.

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