I have an '02 Taurus. For the last year or so it has intermittently produced a metal on metal grinding noise while failing to start up. I'm told this is due to teeth being missing on the flywheel between the starter and the transmission. It's taken as many as six tries to get the car going. But the car has always started in the end. The Ford dealer quoted me $1100 to replace the flywheel (pricey, because the transmission must be pulled). During this period I've had a starter fail (Aug. '11), which was a replacement for the original (March '09).
My questions are: Is the problem flywheel worth replacing at this point at this price? Is it likely to fail totally any time soon?
Also, might the March '09 replacement starter be implicated?
Thanks in advance for any help...