starter failing?

James Russell jbr at
Mon Aug 19 00:22:31 EDT 2002

The problem is relative only the engine. With the car in neutral,
changing the engine rpm's changes the pitch of the noise. I just had the
power steering pump replaced a month or so ago. The alternator was
replaced about a year ago. It could either of those. I am just wondering
if the starter isn't disengaging from the flywheel? The noise persists
regardless of whether or not the clutch is depressed.



-----Original Message-----
From: Ti Kan [mailto:ti at]
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2002 11:14 PM
To: James Russell
Cc: quattro at
Subject: Re: starter failing?

James Russell writes:
> What does it sound like when a starter is failing? The car starts just
> fine. There is a whirring type noise while the car is running, it does
> not sound like a squealing belt. My guess is that it is my starter. So
> far the best price I found was $120.

Not likely to be a starter problem.  Once the engine is started,
the starter is disengaged from the flywheel and stops running.
What you describe may be wheel bearing noise, differential noise
or gear noise from the transmission.  Does the noise increase/descrease
in pitch with the speed?  What about when you change gears?  Is it
worse/better when you go around a curve?

2003 A4 1.8T multitronic (soon)
2001 S4 2.7T
1984 5000S turbo
1980 4000 2.0
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