Originally Posted by 93RedSled-SSE
I may be over-simplifying, but the starter ought to be easy to pull out and see (he said as it is 67 degrees outside). Back in the previous century a guy could buy just the solenoid assembly (that thows the gear out there and switches power to the starter motor). Don't overlook a starter from a salvage yard. Even cheaper at these "You pull it" places. They all guarantee them to work, etc. ... I mean if your starter completely dies. Better than walking.
I'll check around at some of the salvage yards and see what i can find. It is pretty common so should be easy to find for a good price. Then i could just buy a new solenoid on and go from there.
I'll say what the starter is doing. You know when the car is already running and you have a brain fart and go to start it? It makes that shanking sound. Sometimes my starter does that but it isn't because the engine is running. It just does that from time to time. And it sounds pretty loud when starting the car and seems to make a shrieking sound just as the car starts. Almost as if it were shimmed to far away from the flywheel or something So, I assume the starter is going out, or there may be something inside the starter housing stoping the starter from contacting the flywheel correctly or making the shaft not go back into the starter or possibly even getting into the flywheel and causing the noise that my car is making. So maybe it is just a starter problem.