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Car makes grinding noise when I try to start,

Car (91 mitsu Galant) makes grinding noise when I try to start, after new bolts were installed, started right up then 2 days later, it began grinding again but starts right up if someone holds the starter and engine together. Is there a way to fix this without replacing the starter?

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  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    No I have had the bolts replaced and tightened and a day or two later its doing it again and nothing has been placed in between.

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    Ok and how hard is that? Because it seems like the inside of the starter where the bolts go may be stripped causing it to move after a few start ups.

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    My fiance thought maybe the bolts themselves were stripped and wanted to see if replacing them would fix the problem. He was talking about putting a U bolt in to hold it on because once its held together or whatever it is that guys do to get my car started its fine and starts right up about 8-10 times then around the 8th or 10th startup, a grind noise starts again. Everytime I have had this problem, a guy comes along and puts his arm in the engine where the starter is and tells me to start it and no fail it starts every time.

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    HA well the mechanic I took it to is i believe the cause of my problem, he just replaced a bunch of stuff on my car then I started having this problem and apparently my transmission was loose also. And he is the closest mechanic in this area.

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    Unfortunately, my parents just put 1500 into the car and are completely done thats why I am trying to find a cheap fast way to fix it. I need my car to get to school and work.

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    If i knew how to do that lol my starter isnt in the easiest place to get to and i am clueless

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    Ok and I guess my other question is, if I take it out and take it to Autozone or one of those places, will they be able to diagnose a problem?

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    Ok so if it is actually the starter itself they can tell me what is wrong with it. My fiance is going to try to fasten it with a U bolt tomorrow and see if that helps. I never had these probs til the mechanic replaced the heads.

  • kimmiegirl56 Mar 03, 2009

    My fiance already tightened up the bolts for me on Friday when this issue became a huge painful thorn in my side

  • Shadow1989 May 11, 2010

    Did you place shims inbetween the starter and the motor?

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You may need to install what they call shims in between the starter and the flywheel in order to align it correctly with the flywheel

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    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    Your best bet then is to pull the starter and look at the ring gear. If it is indeed chewed up, you can sometimes just replace the ring gear and be on your way, but check with the parts store to see if there is any additional hardware required. Why did the bolts need replacing anyway?

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    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    I would take your vehicle to a different mechanic to get another opinion. Either the starter isn't aligned correctly with the flywheel or the ring gear inside the starter is bad.

  • Michael Rouse
    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    Dump that mechanic like a bad habit!!!!! He will only cause you more in the long run in repairs. If your transmission was loose as well he may have very well ruined the ring gear in the starter Definitely find someone who is competent enough to fix your vehicle the correct way

  • Michael Rouse
    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    Well I then suggest pulling the starter out yourself and taking a look to see what you can see

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    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    t's fairly easy, albeit a tight fit. Before you start, be sure to
    disconnect the battery. The starter is located between the firewall and
    the engine, underneath fuel injection assembly. Stick your hand in
    there and you should be able to feel how the starter is positioned.
    There are 2 or 3 bolts holding the starter and they're easy to remove.
    You need to disconnect the wire on the starter coil (the coil is
    located on top of the starter itself). removing the the starter itself. The way I did it is by wriggling it
    out the open space on the left side of the engine, hence the tight fit.
    Move any cables or wires that may get in the way for more room. Remember, patience is a virtue! It's a lot easier to put it back in than removing it.

  • Michael Rouse
    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    Yes they offer free starter and alternator testing, at least I know autozone does

  • Michael Rouse
    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    Yeah, I'm really sorry to hear this but sadly there are really crappy mechanics who dont really know what they are doing but Autozone should be able to tell whats wrong if anything with your starter, also you should tighten up your transmission if you say its loose

  • Michael Rouse
    Michael Rouse Mar 03, 2009

    Ok good



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