Starter problems


Asked by Jun 28, 2016 at 09:37 PM about the 2000 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Yesterday I was driving and all of a sudden I heard a
loud noise "starter" so I pulled over and turned the
car off, the noise was still going so I turned the car
back on and went home, after about 5 mins the
noise stopped. i went under the car took the start
off and the gear was all messed up. So I put in a
new starter and the car ran good for maybe 5 mins
and the same thing happened again, the starter
broke and the gears were all messed up!

2 Answers


Starter system circuit need to be checked including the ignition switch. Its possibly engaging the starter intermittently Or you have a Flex plate issue loose? but rather rare.

Paul Martin

Also sometimes when installing a starter they put whats called shims in there and sometimes If they are missing it could throw off the alignment of the starter to the flywheel.

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