Car Starting Problems
Buick Park Avenue
Ford Windstar LX

What does it mean if your new starter is making a grinding noise and creating sparks when the engine is running?

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2005-09-18 03:08:41
2005-09-18 03:08:41

1st thought is you need shims if the flywheel is hitting the starter. What is the year and model of the vehicle?

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It sounds more like you are hitting the starter again after the engine is running.

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That is a broken/worn teeth on the flywheel or on the starter pininon gear. That is why you hear a grinding noise. It's the starter turning without being able to engage.From what you describe I would suspect that the starter is not fully engaging. I'm assuming that the grinding noise you hear when you try to engage the starter is INSTEAD of the engine cranking. If I assumed wrong, ignore the following:Pull the starter, check the flywheel for excessively worn areas. Most of the time the flywheel is ok, it's just the starter. If you feel comfortable working on the starter, just get a new bendix and clean up the rest of it. Any time you disassemble a starter you should replace the bushings and brushes. Never remove the starter with the battery still connected. Remove the negative terminal from the battery before you attempt to remove the starter.

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It's a real pain. I had to bend the head of a wrench to get at one of the 4 bolts holding it in. If you have the engine out, it's real easy. A lot of times the starter is the not the problem on these bikes. The starter bendix that is behind the clutch is the problem if you hear grinding when you try to use the starter.

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The grinding noise you hear may be due to worn bushings on the starter. When the bushings wear, the armature will "drop" and grind against the inner part of the starter, causing it to rotate slowly and not spin fast enough to start the engine. Remove the starter and have it checked out at your local AutoZone or similar auto parts store. If the bushings are worn, it is likely that the armature and internal wall of the starter may be also be damaged and the whole starter will have to be replaced.

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I think that maybe it could be the teeth on the starter or which I hope it's not the teeth on the flywheel of the engine. I guess it could just be the starter which is a cheap fix compared to the flywheel and alot easier to fix !!!!


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