Starter makes a screeching noise on 1996 Honda Accord

Car starts every time, but it makes a rather shrill screeching noise. And it has been turning several times before starting up recently, although when I bought it a few months ago it started up on the 2nd or 3rd turn. Do I need a new starter, or is something maybe just loose? Could it be somehow connected to me having an old battery? Is a starter replacement something a moderately determined do-it-yourselfer can do without buying (another) garage full of equipment? And, if I keep using the starter that's in it as it is until it simply won't start anymore, what other damage am I risking?

by in Los Angeles, CA on February 26, 2010
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ANSWER by on February 26, 2010
Starter replacement on your car is actually quite simple but if the starter screeches or doesn't crank the engine over on the first try the ring gear/flex plate may be damaged requiring the transmission to be removed to repair. Without hearing the noise its hard to advice you but the starter needs to be removed, the engine turned over by hand to inspact the ring gear teeth that the starter engages. Autozone have some popular workshop manuals for free on line once you register (for free) on their website .There is a company that independent auto repair shops "buy" their information from that offer a very reasonable service to do it yourselvers. You get a one year subscription to year make and model specific repair procedures, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... great quality information same as the professionals have ,much better than generic workshop manuals from parts stores, much cheaper than the factory manual. or try and get an online repair manual subscription.

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