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I have a 2007, 6cyl. Tribute. I am very happy

I have a 2007, 6cyl. Tribute. I am very happy with her except for the following; When I turn on the ignition key to start her up I get a terrible grinding noise somewhere in the engine area. It may happen twice before I get ignition. This maybe occurs once in 10 ignitions. It's driving me nuts. I have been putting up with it for about a year. I'm out of warranty

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The battery of your vehicle is connected to starter.When the ignition key is turned ON, the battery gives power to the starter and the starting noise is heard,but this noise is not much most of the case.But if the starter is getting weak or got loose then then this grinding noise comes.So check the connection between battery to starter . the starter is failing to disengage..But if starter is connected properly to the battery terminals then the starter is weak and it has to be replaced. But if starter checked ok then in that case the Ignition switch is faulty,it has to be replaced.But as per the problem you mentioned it indicates towards weak starter. Check that the battery cable connections are clean. Check for 12 volts to starter solenoid with the key in the start position. These things should be checked first then the ignition switch, starter and starter solenoid. One of these may be faulty. The starter is located on the lower right side of the engine by the flywheel. ----------

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