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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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It's also possible that the drive gear isn't kicking out all the way to engage the flex plate and is spinning against it. I would check to see that the starter is receiving good voltage and isn't encountering any undue resistance.
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