Why is my Tribute making a VERY LOUD noise upon cranking!
My 2002 Tribute has an incredibly loud thumping puddering noise upon cranking! It's so loud people around can hear it. It's getting increasingly worse and lasting longer. It's a thumping type "Pdddddddddd" noise! Any thoughts? I'll also say, the AC doesn't work, there's a leak in the rear main seal (I'm told). That has been out for months. And the air bag indicator light needs to be replaced (every so many months i get the dinging upon start up 5 X 5 times). Don't know if there is a connection in any of that or my car is just OLD. Help please!!!
Could be the fly wheel.
Yes, your flywheel or starter could have a missing or awkward/damaged tooth. It could be an alignment issue with you starter and flywheel gear? The other problems you list are not related to the thumping/starting problem.
Do you guys have any idea what cost might be involved with fixing a damaged or misaligned fly wheel or starter?
I would recommend a mechanic to look at it and properly diagnose the problem first. Answers here are educated guesses based upon your description of the problem(s). Get a diagnoses and more than 1 estimate for the repairs.
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