Originally Posted by Lugnut
I inspected the flywheel and it looks pristine. I can't duplicate the sound or symptoms either...
I don't like unexplained Gremlins. They tend to come back at the most inopportune times.
I took a second look. The teeth are in excellent shape, but but on closer inspection it appears the bendix gear on the starter is only engaging the flywheel about half the length of the teeth. No damage to either set yet, but I can see how it might happen at a later date.
The starter is mounted correctly as far as I can see, no shims or anything. Does te bendix gear require lubrication?