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I just changed the starter assembly on my Toyota Tercel 92. Manual Transmission. When I start it, it still does the hard clunk like it did before I switched starter. It even drags a little longer then the one single hard clunk. What's the deal with that? Also there's a noise that follows - like a loss cable or something like grinding noise - when I engage the engine in first and second gear. It use to happen only in first gear.

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  • TONY LAVICTOIRE May 29, 2010

    Thanks Steve! The engine runs pretty smooth beyond the noise it makes in the first and second gear at start. What bugs me is that grinding noise. It seems the noise has degenerated in the last few months doing it only in first gear it now does it also in second gear.

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Hi this sounds like a few things, it sounds like the clutch plate may be seized to the fly wheel,this will cause the grinding noise that you are hearing, i gather the car does start and run? if not, you might have a seized engine, try turning the engine by hand in top gear 5th, if it is very hard but does turn the that's ok, if it does not turn then you may have big problems, but if the engine is running, try putting your foot on the clutch and then try turning it over , this should release the clutch if it is normal, but if it has trouble turning still then you need to get the clutch checked out, hope this helps

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    steve morris May 30, 2010

    it sounds like your gear selector is on its way out the "dog teeth" inside the gearbox/transmission may be failing, you can also test the clutch as forgot to mention, with engine/motor off put it in 5th gear, make sure handbrake/parking brake is on fully as good as you can get it, put foot on clutch then start vehicle, slowly lift your foot off the clutch pedal till it starts to bite, then ease it off a bit more, if the engine stalls the clutch is fine, but if it just sits there like the clutch is still pressed down then the clutch is defiantly u/s

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