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This has only happened once but it seems serious. After the engine started the starter kept turning and did not stop for several minutes after the engine was turned off and the key removed from the ignition. Putting the transmission in reverse or drive did not stop it. It quit by itself.

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It can be serious because it will ruin the teeth on the flywheel. The "bendix drive" in your starter is going bad. This is the part that engages and disengages the starter. While it is not overly expensive the starter has to come off and apart to fix it. Easier to change the whole starter. Hope this helps.

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