AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Re: Strange sound when starting car from cold
If it's still under warranty get your dealer to have a look at it while it's still making the noise, I wouldn't leave it for later. If as been suggested the starter pinion is not retracting quickly enough once the engine has started, because it's sticking when cold, it needs to be fixed (cleaned and lubricated or replaced).
It's not urgent but I wouldn't leave it too long and chance any permanent damage to either the starter or the ring-gear on the flywheel. Any build up of dirt is not going to improve it's only going to get worse IMHO. Let the dealer sort-it out before too long.
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