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Nightmare Starting Car w/ Multiple Fixes

I bought my Nissan Altima brand new in 1996 and a few days later had an aftermarket alarm installed. Lately, I have had the battery replaced and the alternator (twice in 6 mos -- they didn't do the battery when they replaced the first alternator) because my car died on the way home. Two weeks later, they said that it was something to do with my alarm which I now do not use after taking it to them to determine this after it would not start.

So....one of the last things they told me about a month and a half ago to replace may be the starter. I called this past Thursday to advance order one for Friday and they decided to replace the ignition switch instead after seeing the video of my car starting...lights come on the dash and no sound until the 3rd or 4th try. The repair worked for a day.

The following Tuesday (yesterday) I spent some hours in the shop where they installed a new starter which they ate ($452 part/labor). This morning instead of making no noise when I start it, it makes whining sound like it wants to start but can't get past something and eventually starts. I haven't called the guys yet today as my frustration and helplessness rises.

Replacing the car is not an option at the moment since my company is in the middle of a layoff... It has 144K miles on it and is normally great. What can it be please? Can it be an electrical issue?

Thanks in advance!

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If it is whining when you try to start it , it's because the starter was not shimmed right when installed the bendix wheel in the starter is what catches the flywheel on the engine and spins it to start. there is a specific clearance for installation take it back and make them do it right under their labor warrenty

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