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    A problem has cropped up recently. When I turn the ignition key, there is a funny noise, and the starter doesnt crank. This is an intermittent problem at this point, but is now occurring more frequently. It usually cranks, when I start it the second time. I recall reading a related post on this topic for 2012 and 2013 models. I dont see the point in taking the car into the dealer at this point, as the problem can not be replicated most of the time. Anyone else have this issue? I am wondering whether to clean the grounds under the battery tray to start. Btw....The battery is less than a year old and the oil level is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
    A problem has cropped up recently. When I turn the ignition key, there is a funny noise, and the starter doesn’t crank. This is an intermittent problem at this point, but is now occurring more frequently. It usually cranks, when I start it the second time. I recall reading a related post on this topic for 2012 and 2013 models. I don’t see the point in taking the car into the dealer at this point, as the problem can not be replicated most of the time. Anyone else have this issue? I am wondering whether to clean the grounds under the battery tray to start. Btw....The battery is less than a year old and the oil level is good.
    I would check (and clean) your connections and it is a good idea to check your battery. Don't assume with your battery because it could be low on charge. Getting the basics out of the way before diving in doing further diagnosis can save you time, money and aggravation. Getting the latest reflash can't hurt either, as that can take care of a lot of issues that can drive you crazy trying to figure out.
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    Thanks for the input. I now turn the ignition key and wait for all of the idiot lights to complete their routine. I have had no reoccurrence in the last few weeks. I will clean out all of the ground contacts soon.

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    Here is an update on this continuing starting issue. Cleaned all of the grounds. Replaced starter motor, replaced serpentine belt. All of these 'fixes' were recommended by the dealer. Its never left me stranded, but it bugs me. There does not seem to be a pattern as to when the problem occurs. It happens occasionally on both cold and warm starts. Its a whirring mechanical sound for the first 2 or 3 seconds when it first cranks, then it starts. I'll try to grab a recording, but every time I try, the car starts fine.

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    Thanks for the input. I now turn the ignition key and wait for all of the idiot lights to complete their routine. I have had no reoccurrence in the last few weeks. I will clean out all of the ground contacts soon.

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    I look forward to hearing your recording, once you catch it. From your description it sounds like the Bendix gear isn't engaging. I assume they put on a new Mopar starter?

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    Yep, Mopar starter.

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    I finally got a recording of the starting problem. Best to listen with headphones. Can someone tell me how I can upload the MPEG file here? Maybe I need to upload it somewhere else, and provide a link here to there?? Thanks, Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
    I finally got a recording of the starting problem. Best to listen with headphones. Can someone tell me how I can upload the MPEG file here? Maybe I need to upload it somewhere else, and provide a link here to there?? Thanks, Tom
    Post it on YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
    I finally got a recording of the starting problem. Best to listen with headphones. Can someone tell me how I can upload the MPEG file here? Maybe I need to upload it somewhere else, and provide a link here to there?? Thanks, Tom

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    Thanks, but that is for uploading video. This file is an MPEG4. I tried uploading it to You Tube, but they advise they do not support that format, even though they say they do. Oh well, I sent it to my mechanic. Seems like the easiest way around this is to try and record it again with video (this time).

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