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Old 03-25-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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Question Starter noise -- ignore, or repair/replace?

I have my '98 OBS in the shop to get some seals replaced, and the mechanic noticed that my starter makes an awful whine when the engine spins up.

The sound is kind of like nails on a chalkboard when the engine starts. The sound goes away as soon as the engine is running for a second. I've never had a problem starting, so haven't done anything up until this point -- but by this description would any of you recommend replacing the starter motor?
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:08 PM   #2
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If the bendix of the starter isn't retracting as it should when you release the key this could cause excessive wear on the ring gear. I would replace it if it was mine.
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:18 PM   #3
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Yeah, what I heard back is that the starter doesn't disengage properly, so it's on its way out. I was quoted $250 for the part (bleh) but at least it'll be over and done with.

I really want my car to make it to 200k miles and it's only at 135k now...

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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I assume you've ruled out a screeching fan belt?

I wouldn't let it go. You know it's not normal so just repair/replace it would be my suggestion.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:20 PM   #5
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Mine does the same, very annoying and gets a lot of glances when it's fired up! *sigh* just have to spend the $$ and get a new one.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:34 PM   #6
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@smurfwrx: Right, the noise doesn't coincide with fan operation, and it's only during start, so chances are high that the starter is just being worn out. I'm getting it replaced, so we'll see quite soon how that changes things.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:42 PM   #7
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Before replacing the unit I would make sure that the ignition switch isn't hanging up and supplying voltage to the solenoid an causing the problem.
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:33 PM   #8
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Mine does the same thing. Its a 2000 with a litte over 180k.

cougar4, how would I check that?
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My guess was that since it would sound different when I hold onto the ignition (no, I don't regularly do that) then chances were high that the problem was something else.

A new starter is in now, and it sounds much, much better. Funny how it makes it feel like a different car.
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:37 PM   #10
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Mine does the same thing. Its a 2000 with a litte over 180k.

cougar4, how would I check that?
Check for voltage going to the small wire on the starter solenoid when you release the key. If there is a delay in the voltage drop then the ignition switch has a problem.
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:49 PM   #11
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Mine does the same thing. Its a 2000 with a litte over 180k.

cougar4, how would I check that?
Check for voltage going to the small wire on the starter solenoid when you release the key. If there is a delay in the voltage drop then then ignition switch has a problem.
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