Here's adding to the ever-growing litany of little and not as little issues with my just over 1 month-old "new to me" 2009 OB, 33,000 miles on the odo...
In recent days, the car has developed a fairly loud grinding noise that persists for a split second after starting the engine
. I've mostly noticed it during cold starts but it might also happen after a warm start; I'm not too sure.
The closest comparison I can make is if you've ever accidentally turned the key to the "start" position when the engine is already running; like the starter gear not properly meshing with the flywheel.
It doesn't happen every time; I'd say maybe 1/4-1/3 of the time.
Wondering if anyone's experienced this before, and if there are any thoughts on causes.
My theory is a starter solenoid that is failing to disengage quickly or completely, but I'm really not sure.
I'm taking off on a 3,000 mile road trip on Friday with no time to do any work on the car beforehand, so hopefully this doesn't lead to some grenading action in the wilds of North Carolina. Eek.
DIY solutions preferred.