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The starter on my 91L auto has started to have a metallic rattle in it just as it starts and I release the key. It sounds like the starter drive is not pulling out of the flywheel quick enough and hangs up for just a moment. Is this the begining of starter death and if so any thoughts on how long it may last. Reading the posts on the amount of work that goes into a starter replacement, I'm not too excited about having to take this on.
 

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I would pull the cover off the bottom of the tranny and inspect the teeth on the flywheel. You could have some messed up teeth, or it could be like you said and the solenoid is not allowing the gear to retract fast enough. It may do this for a long time, but I would not want to mess up the flywheel, which may happen if you don't fix it soon enough.
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