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My starter make this grinding noise when i crank it

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Usually, this means you have a worn gear on the starter, the starter is loosely mounted, the starter solenoid is malfunctioning, or the flywheel has a worn spot on it. First check to see that the starter is mounted correctly (and all bolts are tight). If tight, and you can remove the starter, check the teeth on it for wear. If no wear is present, have the starter tested for the solenoid functionality. While the starter is removed, check the flywheel for a missing gear tooth or for obvious wear.

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