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1996 Tacoma
3.4L - Manual Trans
216,000 miles

About once every 5-6 starts, all I get is a painful grinding sound from the starter. The contact are new.
I took the starter to an auto electric shop this morning. After explaining the issue, the guy behind the counter said, if the contacts are new, he wouldn't know what to repair. He put it on his test bench and didn't see anything wrong.

He asked if I had looked at flywheel for damaged gears. At that point I had not, but did so this afternoon. I rotated the engine by hand several times and don't see any chipped or broken teeth.
Any ideas?
 

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I'm not familiar with your exact starter but the solenoid/plunger set up, that pushes the drive gear out, may have some issue. My guess is, you should be fine with the new one installed. If not, check that flywheel again.
 
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