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    Starter grinds in cold weather

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    I woke up this morning and started up my 02 WRX. Car seems to crank normal (2-3 times) then started up. However this time the starter stuck ON and made that signature starter grinding noise. I know I didn't hold the key on any longer than normal because the noise continued for 1-2 seconds after I had let go of the key. The grinding noise then faded away in a matter of seconds. My questions is, has anybody else experienced this problem where it seems the started maybe stayed cranking a little too long on it's own? Temperatures dipped below freezing last night..
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    I woke up this morning and started up my 02 WRX. Car seems to crank normal (2-3 times) then started up. However this time the starter stuck ON and made that signature starter grinding noise. I know I didn't hold the key on any longer than normal because the noise continued for 1-2 seconds after I had let go of the key. The grinding noise then faded away in a matter of seconds. My questions is, has anybody else experienced this problem where it seems the started maybe stayed cranking a little too long on it's own? Temperatures dipped below freezing last night..
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    I want to add that if this occurs frequently, you will want to replace the starter motor ASAP before you strip the teeth off your ring gear and have to replace the flywheel. For me, it happens about once a week on cold mornings.
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    Thanks for the info Zax. I'll keep an eye on it and make sure this doesn't become too common of an occurrence.
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