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Old 03-30-2016, 04:23 AM
9498ranger 9498ranger is offline
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Default Starter makes harsh grinding noise & won't engage

I just bought a '94 Ranger 4WD with 4.0 and 5-spd. When I turn the ignition key, it makes a loud, harsh grinding noise and does not engage to turn the engine over. Any ideas about what may cause this, or steps to take to find the problem?

The previous owner just replaced the starter, and said it may need to be shimmed.

I need a little experienced advice please.

94 Ranger 4WD 4.0 w/5 spd.
98 Ranger 2WD 4 cyl. w/5 spd.

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Old 03-30-2016, 07:47 AM
svtwin73 svtwin73 is offline
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Default Re: Starter makes harsh grinding noise & won't engage

Sounds like a bad starter gear. You could try turning the crank pulley 90 degrees and see if the starter engages after that. It could also be the flywheel teeth are messed up, but more likely it's the starter gear.
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