Q: Starter drive flywheel noise

asked by on

I just replaced my starter in my truck. When I tried starting it and cranked the key there was a loud grinding noise between the starter drive and the flywheel. I have installed 2 starters. One was rebuilt and the other one was brand new. After each time I replaced them the starter quit working. The last time I moved the crankshaft and turned the key it started! Are there different starters for this model of truck? Or are there different starters with different tail housing? What do you think?

Hey there. It’s possible that the teeth on the flywheel (manual transmission) or flexplate (automatic transmission) are worn or banged up sufficiently that the starter drive on the starter won’t engage properly. Moving the crankshaft as you mention may realign the teeth to a more favorable location, which is not guaranteed each time the engine is shut off. If you need to have this checked, I recommend having a certified technician inspect the starting system so that this gets corrected appropriately.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Starter drive flywheel noise

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Misfire - 2003 Ford Expedition

Hello and thanks for your question. When diagnosing a misfire, you would need to determine all of the factors for what could be the problem. When you mentioned that you had switched a coil out from another cylinder to number...

Q: Why is my 2003 nissan Altima overheating after i fix the thermostat temp sensor and water pump

Hi Tony. Thanks for contacting us tonight. A thermostat housing and water pump are not always the root sources of overheating issues. In fact, quite often, even if they are damaged, additional cooling system problems can occur, such as obstruction...

Q: Rotors and brakes were replaced only 6 months ago, but have now been making noise again for 3 months.

Hi there. Brake squeaks and squeals are a result of pad vibration, unless it's a sensor touching letting you know it's time for brake pad replacement. All brake pads vibrate, whether it's audible depends on the frequency at which the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...