Starting issue

Tiny
SARAHJSPRINGER
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  • 2001 FORD ESCORT
  • 149,000 MILES
My car stopped running in the middle of driving yesterday. For the last eight months the started has been glitchy. Sometimes it turns over first key turn, sometimes twenty clicks and then it fired up. Now when turning the key, I still get the click but it wont turn over. It makes an empty metal grinding noise. I just replaced all spark plugs and wires and coil pack. Please someone help me!
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Thursday, July 28th, 2016 AT 9:26 AM

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Tiny
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That sounds like you have got a bad starter. Can you hear a whirring sound when you turn the key?
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Thursday, July 28th, 2016 AT 10:50 AM
Tiny
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Yes, it sounds like its just spinning freely.
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Sunday, July 31st, 2016 AT 11:45 AM
Tiny
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Get starter replaced and make sure that the teeth on the drive plate, are not worn down, these are the teeth that the starter engages to turn the engine over when stating, if these are worn, you will have to replace the drive plate which will require the removal of the transmission.
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 AT 2:35 PM

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