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Starter grinds when turning the key

Starter grinds when turning the key Starter makes grinding noise If you hear a metal-to-metal grinding noise when trying to start your engine, chances are you’ve got missing teeth on the flywheel or broken/worn teeth on the starter motor drive gear. This damage happens if you try to start an already running engine. Trying to start an already running engine forces the starter drive gear into the spinning teeth of the flywheel, which is turning much faster than the starter motor. As the starter drive gear touches the flywheel, the … Read More

Starter runs continuously

Starter runs continuously Some Ford owners encounter a situation where the starter run continuously or keeps running even after the engine has started and even after they’ve removed the key from the ignition. At first, this may make you think the starter drive is binding. Or you may think you have a bad starter relay. But in most cases this is caused by binding in the ignition lock cylinder, especially if you’ve lubricated the lock cylinder with any type of lubricant other than graphite or dry Teflon. Let’s see how … Read More

Starter grinds Honda Civic

Starter grinds Honda Civic Starter grinds Honda Civic  can be caused by a poor connection at the female terminal at the starter solenoid. Fix the problem by replacing the terminal, Honda part 07JAZ-00142A. in 2001-05 Honda Civics. Before starting this repair, make sure you have the radio unlock code, because you will need to remove the battery cable and that will remove the code from the radio. Disconnect the female terminal from the black/white wire at the S terminal of the starter solenoid. Pull back the rubber boot and examine … Read More


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