Re: What is this noise! Starter?
Many years back I had a 4 cylinder mercury capri that had wiring damage-sometimes the starter would stay engaged after starting- made one helluva racket- imagine the rpm of the starter gear at even idling rpm...one way 'sprag' bearing in the starter bendix will not last too many seconds before melting- starter will likely need a new bendix after only seconds of running. If continued to run, loose gear can eat up flywheel.
Ive heard of similar noises on gm cars that had starter shims left out- starter would engage and stick, but cant think of any fords that had shims- Id look into the wiring before flywheel is destroyed- they are definitely NOT indestructable, even slight damage to the ring gear will mean noisy cranking at minimum, eventually engine or trans removal to fix.
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