In recent days, the car (2000 subaru forester) 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; Wondering if anyone's experienced this before, and if there are any thoughts on causes.

Asked by Sep 14, 2017 at 10:15 AM about the 2000 Subaru Forester S

Question type: General

2 Answers


Could be the starter, the relay or wiring. Have it checked out before damage is incurred.


Sounds like starter solenoid sticking.

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