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Fiesta starts too quickly!


Madge
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I often cannot,release the key quickly enough when starting the car so I get the grinding noise of the starter still engaged. This is a new development and my partner has the same problem (not my slow reactions). In the past I could release the key as soon as I was aware the engine had fired but now I have to give a quick flick of the key and even then I sometimes get the grinding as the engine  fires. Can anyone explain what could cause this please?

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Sounds like either the helix gear on the starter motor is sticking / damaged - or worse case the flywheel gear teeth are damaged.

I think it will need the starter motor removing for a proper diagnosis.

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Thanks guys - that makes sense. An easier and cheaper fix than a lot of reluctant starting problems!!! (unless its the flywheel ring gear)

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