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Old 05-13-2009, 04:03 PM   #1
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Scratching/screeching sounds when starting up.

Hi there,

I'm new to this forum and could really do with some help. I have a 97 Jeep Wrangler and I'm just about to sell it but there one problem. When I start her up there's a screeching/scratching sound when I turn the ignition. It only lasts about 1 second but it is a bit of an ugly sound and it doesn't sound too good . Does anyone have any idea what it is? It seems to be coming from the back right of the engine (ie near the drivers side - mine is right hand drive - I live in the UK). I think it could be the starter motor but I'm not too sure. Is this serious? Does anyone know how to solve it!?

Hope someone can help. Thanks guys...


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Old 05-13-2009, 04:23 PM   #2

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Sounds like the starter "drive" or "Bendix" is going bad. Pretty common and easily fixed.
You could replace just the drive but in some cases its just as cheap to replace the whole starter motor.

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Old 05-13-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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thanks very much...someone else had told me it could be the bendix...will start looking into prices. thanks for your help.

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