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The engine noise sounds like something is hitting the flywheel when the key is turned to the off position.

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Could be the crank shaft. Had the same thing happen to me... kinda sounds like a spoon in the blender? Looking at $400 for part and labor if nothing else has been damaged. But if the crank shaft goes, your looking at another $20 for the belt too. Not too bad. Shouldn't keep letting it do that, eventually it'll snap off completely and your car won't go anywhere.

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