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This is a discussion on Starter or Clutch? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Have a twofold question here. Whenever I start my '03 WRX, I get a quick grinding sound right after the ...

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    Starter or Clutch?

    Have a twofold question here.

    Whenever I start my '03 WRX, I get a quick grinding sound right after the engine turns over. This has been occurring for the past year or so, intermittently, especially when it is cold outside. Now, the grinding sound sometimes occurs when the starter first starts cranking.

    My first suspicion was that the starter was going, however I am wondering if it might be the clutch. Is it possible it could be the clutch? Neither have been changed.

    The second question I have is if it is the starter, where is it located?

    Thanks for the help in advanced!


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    It's the starter. It's located on the drivers side by the bell housing. Probably just a sticking solenoid.
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    Yeah that's the starter for sure.
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