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Engine wont turn over their is a grinding sound when the key is turned on

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Starter or starter selinoid is the problem. Either the gear on the starter is worn or you might have a bad spot on the flywheel. Only other thing that it could be is the starter selinoid is not funtioning properly. Bottom line, you need a new starter or a new flywheel. But I would make sure that the 2 bolts that hold the starter in place are tight firstly.

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sounds like you have a dead spot in the fly wheel turn the engine buy hand a little so it passes the dead spot and try it again if this works you need a new fly wheel if it does the same thing again the bendix on your starter is bad

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sounds like the starter an the flye wheel are binding

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sound like the starter is bad .replace it.

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I have a 2004 that had the same problem. It sounds like the engine might be flooded. The best thing to do is to remove the fuse to the fuel pump. It will be listed under the fuse cover under the hood. Mine was a 20 amp but check to be sure. With the fuse removed, crank the engine for a minute to remove any fuel flooding the engine. Replace the fuse and crank the engine in 10 second intervals without touching the gas or you will reflood the engine. This process can sometimes take awhile and will drain your battery, so have it connected to an additional power source ( i.e. another car battery or jump box). When the car finally cranks over there will be a huge cloud of smoke so don't be alarmed when it happens. Lastly some words to the wise. This process CAN ruin your starter, but is essentially the same process that the dealership will you except that they will remove the spark plugs to drain the fuel and then charge you for new ones. If this process doesn't work then you probably need new spark plugs which is going to cost quite a bit. I was quoted upwards of $525 to fix this problem until I talked to a Mazda mechanic and found out how to do this myself. Just make sure that the engine is up to running temperature before turning the car off and you shouldn't encounter this problem again. I hope this helps you, and remember that if all else fails the dealer can fix it. It won't be cheap, but they will get it done.

I almost forgot, you HAVE to get the oil changed as soon as possible because there is probably gas in the oil now.

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That sounds more like a dead battery than anything else. The bendix, the bit that engages the starter to the flywheel, usually goes bad a bit more slowly and causes more dramatic persistent grinding. A bad starter is also possible, as are bad battery cables. The starter mortor and bendix are both replaced when you install a rebuilt starter. If a jump start doesn't solve the problem, and connecting a jumper cable directly from the + battery terminal to the starter motor doesn't help then replace the starter. If it does help, then the problem is probably the battery cables.

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