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Old 04-12-2012, 10:42 AM   #91
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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Moorhead, MN
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My Ride: 2003 BMW 330xi
New Starter, Slipping/Slight Grinding Noise

I replaced my starter and now every once in awhile I get a grinding/slipping noise. The starter is seated properly, all connections have been cleaned and tightened, the pinion gear is still in great condition, the flex-plate shows no wear. I talked with two different BMW mechanics and they both say the starter is no good based on the symptoms. I bought a reman (Bosch housing but not a Bosch Reman) from Auto Zone. I took the starter back to Auto Zone and it tests fine. Is it possible that its not under enough load during the test to show any faults? In hindsight I wish I had bought a Bosch to begin with, but here we are. Has anyone heard of anything similar to this? I hate to buy another starter if that isn't the case.
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