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Grinding noise on cold start

abcd123456789abcd123456789 Member Posts: 2
edited September 2018 in Pontiac

My 2003 Pontiac Vibe is making a grinding noise on cold starts, but always does start. Originally, I thought it was the starter so I changed it with a brand new (not rebuilt) starter and it fixed the problem for about 2 weeks then the noise came back. I then took it to the mechanic who diagnosed it as the starter. I then replaced the starter 2 more times with the problem not going away. Has anyone else had this issue? What else could this be? I also replaced the battery with no success.

Any help is appreciated... thanks!


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Did anyone check the condition of the teeth on the flywheel? Did anyone notice if this type of starter takes a special bolt, or shims, in order to work correctly?
  • abcd123456789abcd123456789 Member Posts: 2
    I did not notice any shims when I replaced the original starter. Perhaps checking the flywheel would be the best next step for me. Thank you!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    Seems like a logical next step. Ring gear/pinion alignment is very important.
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