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Starter good but still won't crank,

Making a grinding sound and after awhile of trying to start, it will turnover and start.

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Remove the starter and check the condition of the ring gear and pinion teeth. Any burrs on either makes it hard for the pinion to engage the fly wheel a split second before the armature starts to spin.

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