Technical Grinding noise from engine on starting

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Technical Grinding noise from engine on starting

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Hi, I just brought my new barchetta home, bought on ebay, and I'm worried about a loud grinding noise I can hear when starting the engine. It only lasts for a couple of seconds, but it sounds like screws in a blender. Is that the variator? It doesn't sound like a diesel at all (my Alfa 156 does though!). Any help appreciated.
Also, is there a site someone can direct me to, to help with servicing, ie which plugs/oil/oil filter etc to use?

Many thanks, Jeremy
 

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Not the starter over running is it? Had the same problem on my lorry and turned out to be the starters relay sticking. Maybe worth a look.
 
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Welcome to the forum. Doesnt sound like the variator. Does it do it even when you restart the car when hot? If so, its not the variator. It sounds like a starter motor problem. You could check this by bump starting the car, if it doesnt make the noise, it's the starter. Let us know how you get on.

Steve
 

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is anything like this?

first 3 second is dead variator,
middle 3 seconds how should sound
last 3 second sound of dead hydro lifters,
i don't have sound of dead crankshaft but it sounds like rock grinding machine.

 

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... only lasts for a couple of seconds, but it sounds like screws in a blender...

I think this is a perfect description of a sticking bendix gear in the starter motor. The solution should be simple - remove starter, grease the gear & replace - my local garage charged just half-hr labour for this. Worst case may be needing a replacement starter (still less than £100) - good luck!
 
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Seems the consensus so far is for the starter motor.
I have uploaded a video with the sound :

youtu.be/

Z04DU4PfFm4

You need to remove the spaces above, as the site won't allow me to post URLs yet.
 

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Sounds like a steam engine! Poor thing. As above try a hill start without the starter motor. If no noise you know its that.
 
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Took the B on a long tour this afternoon. On restart (warm engine) no noise! Also no noise when bump started. Confused!
 

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You can bet on it it's the starter.
like said before you can grease it, or let it be.

Mine has done just the same for allmost 2 years.
It does no harm, but it's not a pretty sound
 
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Hey thanks for the confirmation. Just spoke to the previous owner who said the car has been making that sound for 4 years!
Thanks again for all your help. Great forum!

Jeremy
 
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