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Old 02-12-2019, 04:43 AM   #1
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Starter squeal- how long before I need to replace?

My '05 has the occasional brief starter squeal that many others have reported. How many miles have others gone while living with this?

Is it just an annoyance or a sign indicating that I must replace the starter? If so, what has the experience been as to when it needs to be replaced?

Thanks in advance, Tom
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:20 AM   #2
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My '05 has the occasional brief starter squeal that many others have reported. How many miles have others gone while living with this?

Is it just an annoyance or a sign indicating that I must replace the starter? If so, what has the experience been as to when it needs to be replaced?

Thanks in advance, Tom
I wouldn't let it go too long as that noise is the starter Bendix drive grinding the teeth off your flywheel, which is a lot more expensive to replace than the starter...…………….
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:50 AM   #3
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And... if you remove the starter and take it to get a rebuild you should be able to do everything for about $100

Just remember to disconnect the battery first..
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:56 PM   #4
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I've had good luck just disassembling the solenoid part, cleaning and putting in new grease. Not a hard job, and free! I like free.
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Repair as soon as practical.

That means you can still drive it, but order the parts or make the appt to have it repaired. Then repair as soon you have the parts.

If you wait too long, eventually the flywheel teeth will become damaged and shortly after that, the Bendix gear won't be able to drive the flywheel (due to the damaged teeth) and the starter will spin freely without turning over the engine and you'll be stranded.

Most owners replace the entire starter motor. But as NewArt mentions, you can clean the solenoid by removing the starter, disassemble the solenoid, then clean, re-grease, and reinstall.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:45 AM   #6
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Here you go: Link.
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