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Old 12-17-2000, 08:23 PM
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The strangest thing happened today - was cranking my 300E, didn't start on the first try (as usual), so I turned the key to crank it again. On the second try, I got no response from the engine (tach didn't move, car didn't move), but there was a loud screeching sound from under the hood. Took a moment to pause and reflect on what just happened, and then cranked it again, and it started fine.

Any ideas what in the world happened to my car today?


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Old 12-17-2000, 08:29 PM
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Could be the Bendix drive in the starter. Have heard this before. Otherwise a belt noise or some small animal getting uncomfortable..
Jeff Lawrence
1989 300e
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
No matter what you fix, there will always be something else to fix..
"Warranty" is just another way of postponing the inevitable.
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Old 12-18-2000, 11:50 PM
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So I guess it might be a sign that the starter is going south? Any precautions (or repairs) that can be done before a complete replacement?

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Old 12-19-2000, 10:34 AM
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What happened is your starter's drive gear didn't make contact with the flywheel gear.

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