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Grinding Starter From the first day we owned our 04 Taurus new, on occasion upon starting the starter sounds like it is grinding... over the last few years it has started to ocurr more often. It doesn't seem to be affected by if the engine is cold or not. Any ideas?

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  • Bobs Taurus Jul 29, 2008

    Yes, it does sound like trying to start an already running engine. I have never taken it to the dealer because we couldn't reproduce it. Our '04 has almost 85K on it and the problem now happens at least once a week. I've resigned myself to the prospect of replacing a flywheel sometime in the future, realizing that is merely fixing the result and not the cause. Otherwise, the car has been troublefree and reliable. Anyone with any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Does it make the sound like you are trying to start an already running engine? My 05 did that about once every 3 months since I bought it new. I put 40k miles on it and it never changed, dealer could not reprodice it.

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