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Starter motor noise

1.4 Automatic 2001 - no problems starting but makes a brief squealing noise when the engine starts - as if the key has been turned too far/for too long.

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Sounds like the starter bearing is dried out,(very common on VW) you cannot lubricate them, only way to fix the noise is to replace the starter. I have seen VW starters make this noise for years and still keep working, so it is up to you if you want to change the starter, noise bothers you to much, then you can change it, it will not cause any damage to your engine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014

Testimonial: "The guy at the garage who sold it to us said it wasn't serious but wasn't very forthcoming about fixing it so I assumed it was a hassle he would prefer to avoid. He said this was a problem that often occurs with this make/model after about 10-15,000 miles, so the previous owner must have put up with the noise for about 50,000 miles! More annoying & embarassing than anything else. Many thanks for your help & reassurance!"

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SOURCE: 2001 Mercury Mountaineer won't start

Have a load test done on the battery. If it checks out good, take a voltmeter to the battery and have an assistant rotate the engine. If you see more than a 2 volt drop when the car is being started, the starter is heading south.

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SOURCE: 2004 Kia Sedona wont start but i can hear starter.

if the starter is revving very slowly it is the battery, charge battery. if not, It can be three things happing. 1 no spark 2 no fuel 3 no crank signal or the car computer is bad- you will need to unplug one of the spark wires and remove the spark plug and put the spark plug in the spark plug wire boot, and touch the spark plug on any metal on the car and have some start the car. donot touch the spark plug itself and see if there is a spark. if spark is bright, then it is not spark plug and wires but if no or spark is not bright, check the spark plug wires by applying a little bit of water on the spark plug wire and take a 12v test light, connect the clap to ground and and have some one to crank the vehicle, touch allover the spark plug wires with the tip of the test light, if you see spark, replace the wires and change the plugs.. they are not good. if spark is present, check for fuel by removing any one of the spark plugs and see if it is wet. if wet fuel pump is ok but if not go look for the fuel pump fuse and relay. is fuse blown, replace, check the relay resistor with a volt meter. it should be around 40 to 80 ohm. if everything is good from this point check the fuel pump itself by disconnecting the connector to the pump and apply 12v and ground using jumper wires or some wires to the fuel pump if you donot hear the pump,replace pump. if you, the crank signal or computer may be the problem

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SOURCE: My 2001 Honda Accord will not start, do I need a new starter?

if you turn the key and engine fails to budge ,are you getting a clicking sound as if their is life from your startermotor ,if so maybe your solenoid is sticking which is part of your starter. give it a tap with a hammer .if it doesnt cure the problem than your starter is faulty. or even select nuetral on your transmission and try then.

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is it getting spark or fuel

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SOURCE: Turn ignition key but won't start..All power on, is it starter?

Can be a Junk Relay, access is limited, but giving the Starter a "crack" with a mallet, often cures the problem temporarily. But check the Battery terminals, and Cable to the Starter solenoid ,first for tightness and security.
Regards,DT

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