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Starter spins just after cranking

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Hi All,
My '83 300TD starter will occasionally make a momentary grinding sound and then spin until I turn the key away from start position at which point it continues spinning down for a few seconds and then abruptly stops. Retrying a moment later it cranks normally and the engine starts up no problem. The chance of spinning seems random, it happens instantly when trying to start or after a few cranks of the engine. Any thoughts on what to look for?
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All of what was said previously is possible You will not know till you take a look.

I have had a similar situation on 3 of My Vehicles since 1968. Last on My Volvo Diesel. In the caee of the Volvo the front face of the Ring Gear Teeth was distored and burred foward. The Starter Gear would be held back by the burs and would spin with out fully engaging the Flywheel Teeth.

On the Volvo and the other Vehicles I was able to file and grind the Burs off and that restored operation.
On the Volvo I did that back around 1994. This year it is starting to do it again once in awhile. I need to pull the Starter and check to find out what is wrong someday.
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