Starter Grinds Flywheel after Start on Cold Mornings
The starter on our TJ grinds the flywheel for about 10 to 15 seconds after starting the engine on cold mornings. It's only a slight grinding, as if the starter gear is not retracting back far enough after spinning up the engine. Repeatedly reving up the engine makes it go away.
I pulled the starter off, and cleaned nine years of grease, dirt and gravel from it. I sprayed some white grease on the shaft and re-installed it. There is some obvious wear on the flywheel and starter gear, but not bad yet.
This morning, it was 27 degrees outside. The starter ground the flywheel more than ever!
This only happens on the first cold start of the day. Once the engine is warmed, it no longer does this.
Is there anything I can do to recondition the starter myself?
I really don't want to drop another $200 on a new starter. Especially since I just replaced the radiator two weeks ago!
2000 Jeep Wrangler SE 2.5L Automatic
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