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Starting problem sometimes my 2003 toyota matrixRX will give a grinding sound, and will not start. It might stay that way for five minutes or an hour, then it might start. I'm on the loop on this one.

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Most likely it is your starter. The starter has "teeth" that interlock with "teeth" the turn the engine over and get it started, over time these teeth can wear down causeing the grinding sound you hear. And, until you turn the key a bunch of times and get it so it's on the good teeth, it won't start. That's why it sometimes does and sometimes doesn't.

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