From the show.
1989 Chevrolet Cavalier
Starting problem. Leland’s car has begun making odd screechy, metallic noises when starting and on turns. He thinks it’s coming from behind the firewall. It’s also having trouble starting now. Ray thinks it’s his starter drive – the drive is broken, or a gear has slipped so it’s hitting the firewall.
I would have never thought of this. Just curious, how could a bad starter motor cause noises when turning? And how could the “starter drive” hit the fire wall? Maybe I don’t know what a starter drive is. The starter motor – that’s the only thing my two cars have – bolts right where the engine meets the transmission, and the only gears involved are the flywheel teeth. It’s nowhere near the firewall.
Is there something about the configuration of this particular car’s engine/xmission and starting system I don’t understand?