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Strange noise on ignition by Jeremiah
Started on: 01-19-2004 05:41 PM
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Report this Post01-19-2004 05:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JeremiahSend a Private Message to JeremiahDirect Link to This Post
A few minutes ago I went out to start my car to get home from work and it did something very odd. When i turned the key it sounded like something was spinning but it wasn't the engine. It was an odd sound like the noise a baseball card in the spokes of a bicycle makes but really really fast. I let go of the keys and sat there for a second wondering what that was and when i turned the keys again it started right up like normal. It was about 17 degrees at the time. I was wondering if anyone knew what that could have been.

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Report this Post01-19-2004 05:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Steve NormingtonClick Here to Email Steve NormingtonSend a Private Message to Steve NormingtonDirect Link to This Post
My guess is that that was your starter. If the solenoid sticks, the teeth from the starter will not engage the teeth on the ring gear. So your starter motor will be spinning all by itself.
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Could be the throw-out bearing on the starter didn't fully engage the flywheel. I've had this happen to lots of cars in the past, and it being that cold could cause it to be worse: lubricant tends to turn to jello then cement the colder it gets.

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Report this Post01-19-2004 05:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JeremiahSend a Private Message to JeremiahDirect Link to This Post
Does that sound mean the coming death of the starter?
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Report this Post01-19-2004 05:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for GTDudeClick Here to Email GTDudeDirect Link to This Post
Sounds like a leaf in the heater blower to me........possibly......good luck.

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Report this Post01-19-2004 06:44 PM Click Here to See the Profile for buddycraiggClick Here to Email buddycraiggSend a Private Message to buddycraiggDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by GTDude:

Sounds like a leaf in the heater blower to me........possibly......good luck.

Phil


i get one about once every other week.
flip the fan switch to high for a sec and then back down to whatever speed and all is better.

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Report this Post01-19-2004 08:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for JeremiahSend a Private Message to JeremiahDirect Link to This Post
Hmm... well, hopefully it doesn't mean the starter is going to die. You have to take the engine out to replace it, dont you?

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Report this Post01-19-2004 10:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for knightfieroGTClick Here to Email knightfieroGTSend a Private Message to knightfieroGTDirect Link to This Post
kinda sounds like a heat shield on the engine might be loose and rattling. i had an issue with this not too long ago.
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Report this Post01-19-2004 10:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Steve NormingtonClick Here to Email Steve NormingtonSend a Private Message to Steve NormingtonDirect Link to This Post
When it made the odd noise, did the engine turn over or try to start? A leaf or a rattling heat sheild would allow the engine to still start.
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