2007 Corolla LE

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Old 01-31-13, 07:46 AM
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2007 Corolla LE

Hello
When I turn the key, it starts right away but, there is a slight clunk after it starts. Is this a dead spot on the starter?
What's my best way out of this?
I live in a city where there are too many shops and dealers.
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Old 01-31-13, 02:34 PM
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1. engine mount. Engine moves during startup and makes clunk. Get a strong buddy and jerk that engine which ever way possible, maybe even with a long prybar.
2. Bendix not retracting completely. Hence, after engine starts, and Bendix is still out, flywheel hits it and kicks it back into housing. Not good for Bendix, not good for flywheel either.
 
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Old 01-31-13, 03:00 PM
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This sounds right. Is the dealer the only option.
How much would I expect to pay if this is it?
I live near DC.
Thanks a lot.
 
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Old 01-31-13, 09:00 PM
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No..... dealer is not the only option.

A plus on the dealer side is you pretty much know the job will be done right...for the most part.
A negative is that they charge more for their services.

An auto is something you will always have. Ask friends, ask family, ask fellow employees where they go. You should establish a relationship with your mechanic. I know a few local mechanics that have awesome businesses because they take care of their customers. You want a place you can drive to and have them listen or take a quick look.

The problem could be as simple as replacing the starter.
If you had somewhere to go.....they could probably tell in a minute.
 
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I will bring it by a couple of places other than the dealer and try to establish the rapport you mention. I am asking some neighbors too. Thank you for the help.
 
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Yes.......rapport....that was the word I was looking for.
 
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Old 02-01-13, 08:16 AM
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Without the spell check I enabled on Win 10 I wouldn't have had any idea how to spell it.

BTW, I have just that with a tech at Sears. He is a good guy and knows his stuff. I have used him for my last 2 cars.

He just called to say the mounts are tight and the starter tests fine. He is letting it cool down then trying again. This might be a case of going to the dentist when the sore spot stops hurting.

I'll let you know. I wish it was the starter and not something really expensive 'cause S.S. doesn't go to far.
 
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