Hi there, I have a question about my '03 Subaru Forester, 5-speed, 220,000 mi.
I recently had to replace the starter because, after being snowed in in 31" of snow for four days, when I finally got plowed out my car wouldn’t start and we couldn’t jump it either…I tried tapping on the starter but no dice, the car absolutely wouldn’t start, engine wouldn’t even crank, but the battery is fine. Instead of the “clicking” noise you usually get with a dead battery, this was a metal-on-metal grinding sound, but no engine cranking.
I took it to my regular mechanic, he replaced the starter but said it still “sounds funny.” I’ve spent a lot of $ on this car over the years and I’m not planning on driving it for more than 6 more months, so I’m really not trying to sink any more cash into it than necessary. Since I’ve gotten it back (just under a week) there have been a couple instances where I’ve had trouble starting the car. Twice was the same metal-on-metal grinding noise I heard when the car died originally, and one time the engine was cranking but wouldn’t turn over; and then it finally turned over and died right away and I had to start it again. It’s been well below zero the past couple of days, so that maybe isn’t helping, but last year it got done to -40 and my car still started.
Any ideas to what might be the problem, and any solutions/workarounds? I’m guessing it might be a damaged flywheel, which I have been told is an expensive repair. If I drive less and try to save my car for when I’m making longer trips, would that help to keep me from damaging the flywheel further and maybe help it last a little bit longer? Like I said, I’m not looking to spend a whole lot more money keeping this car running, but don’t want to have a car payment again until I’m out of grad school in May.