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Starter I believe the starter stays engaged after starting the car, it continues to make an awful noise almost like metal hitting metal? I am not sure how to describe it. Any advice would be helpful and a step by step diagrammed display of how to get to the starter. I love this car so much and is the first mechanical problem I have encountered since ownership 1year. Thanks so much.

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  • mariaelenami Aug 09, 2008

    We can't find the starter, where is it located? Under what or over what,how do we get to it ? thanks Jesse

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The starter is located inside the engine. You can access it from the top of the engine. Big job. DO NOT ATTEMPT if you are not trained.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

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