1999 Mercury Cougar

Noises problem
1999 Mercury Cougar 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 95547 miles

Over the past 4 weeks I have heard grinding noises when engaging the key to start my car. I recently had the starter motor replaced. Yesterday I heard the noise againg. I asked the repair station if they knew what it could be. They don't have any further advise. Although the car does start on the second or third try I'm fearfull I will get stranded when the car doesn't start and something big is about to happen.
January 2, 2010.

Think there maybe flywheel teeth damage have shop pull starter rotate flywheel inspect teeth

Jan 3, 2010.