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Starter would not turn over the engine tries but abruptly stops

When I try to start my Kia Sephia the starter tries to turn over the engine and the there is a clunk sound as though something, maybe a piece of metal, is in the area where the starter engages with the engine.
Recently I had startup problems but later found out that the problem was a faulty alternator. During this period repeated attemps at starting the car was done. could a gear or bearing have been damaged during this period. What is the most likely problem, and how difficult is it to correct it?

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Is your battery fully charged?could be your stateror flywheel has broken teeth on it

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