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Starter grinding intermittently when turning ignition switch. Car runs fine once it starts up.

Starter grinds when the ignition key is turned. It only does it intermittently. Car runs once it is started. I usually wind up resetting the ignition switch to start it, which usually works.

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Intermittent ignition switch or bad pinion gear or not shimmed properly.

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Starter need to be recondition or ring gear on fly wheel might also be damaged just repair starter motor first and look at ring gear when starter motor is out

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SOURCE: 97 Toyota 4Runner starting problem

If the immobiliser is not an issue the next time it happens remove the starter relay and swap with any other relay except fuel pump and ignition.Some times just pulling out and replacing works as the contacts on the relay do not have a good clean contact and provide too much resistance.Sure sounds like a relay begining to fail.good luck

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SOURCE: Grinding noise when starting

starter needs replaced the noise you here is the teeth on the starter grinding on the flywheel

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SOURCE: After starting, the starter stays ingaged (GRIND)

shim the starter it sounds like it is staying engaged to the flywheel try shiming the starter

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SOURCE: Car won't start after loud grinding noise

had the car been running rough before hand?

It may well be a snapped con rod. Would allow the engine to turn for a while until it jams by the crankshaft.

If the car is manual it may be the clutch plate but with your foot on the clutch it shouldnt stop it.

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SOURCE: Grinding noise immediately after start up - (starter engaged?)

This is a common problem with VWs. The starter is not backing out fast enough and the flywheel/ring gear is hitting the starter gear. You can remove the starter, disassemble and lube it, but since you would have it out it is recommended that you just replace it.

Posted on Nov 21, 2009

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