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Ford Escort

When your car is started it sounds like metal is grinding in the engine closer to the driver side of the engine and it will not drive What is that The car is a 98 Ford Escort manual?

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09/14/2011

if you mean when you put the key in the ignition to start it you hear a grinding sound then either your flywheel has a missing tooth (unlikely) or the starter is the one that needs replacement(most common)

if you mean that when the car is started you hear a grinding sound and the car when gears are shifted it wont move then since it is a manual transmission i would look at the clutch housing.(throw out bearing ,spring compressor ect.) perhaps someone else may have other sugestions or ideas.