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Problem with ignition switch, starter, flywheel

Grinding noise right after starting when car is either in Park or in Neutral. much less noise while on Drive or reverse; car moves forward or backward ok. It just developed this grinding noise last night and has been stared the car only twice for 8-10 seconds each time. Car was towed to repair center where they mentioned probable trouble with ignition switch getting stucked, possible starter problem and potential trouble with flywheel (?).

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    yes it could be any of the things u mentioned.

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That sounds correct what happens is the starter still tries to engage the flywheel and grinds the teeth off both. Replace switch then worry about starter flywheel if it starts fine don't worry about it you may have saved it if you didn't let it run that way long

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