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I have a 91 Legacy wagon, 5 speed manual trans. This morn. when I tried to start it, I heard a sort of grind and a sound like the starter was stuck. I immediately released the key and turned it again with no grind. the engine sounded like it was trying to turn over but wouldn't start. It has sat all day so I tried to start it a bit ago, now it sounds like the starter is trying to turn but cant. I haven't had even a hint of a problem until this morning.

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  • gbracher Mar 23, 2009

    Ive since determined that the starter is fine. It turns and so does the engine. The timing belt is cracked but intact and the camshaft sprockets timing marks are in the same position(12 o clock) with the crankshaft sprockets timing mark( an arrow?) at 3 o clock. there is no slack in the timing belt to indicate that a idler is bad. Does it sound like the timing is off and if so, what else should i check that may have caused it?

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That sounds more like a dead battery than anything else. The bendix, the bit that engages the starter to the flywheel, usually goes bad a bit more slowly and causes more dramatic persistent grinding. A bad starter is also possible, as are bad battery cables. The starter mortor and bendix are both replaced when you install a rebuilt starter. If a jump start doesn't solve the problem, and connecting a jumper cable directly from the + battery terminal to the starter motor doesn't help then replace the starter. If it does help, then the problem is probably the battery cables.

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