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Car has a hard time starting

I have a 2001 kia optima 2.5l v6 and it has a hard time trying to start now lately it will not start and it has a vary load grindding sound from the starter and it has been draining the battery

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The teeth on your flywheel or the teeth on your starter are chewed up. Since the teeth are chewed up but stiil present, they put a heavy load on the starter which in turn will draw a lot of power from the battery. If you have the ways and means take the starter out and inspect the teeth that attach to the flywheel. If they are stripped/worn/chewed up replace the starter if that doesn't work, take a flashlight and take a look in the little hole where the starter gear goes and take a look at your flywheel. If the teeth are real shiny take a look at your flywheel. Sometimes the starter will strip the teeth off of the flywheel, sometimes vise versa.

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