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Within the past few weeks my starter would make a loud grinding sound occassionally when trying to start the car. This would happen probably 20% of the time when starting it up. 80% of the time it would start up fine.

Two days ago when i tried to start the car up, it would crank... but it would not get running. It just keeps cranking as if it wasn't getting any spark. We do smell fuel out the tail pipe. The car was running fine the night before though. Any ideas?

If the starter was bad would it keep cranking like it does, or would it constantly make that grinding noise 100% of the time?
 

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if the starter is making a grinding noise its time to replace it, the gear is going bad, and it eventially just never going to grab, however it sounds like you got something else wrong, if the car cranks and doesnt strart then you have another problem.
 
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