what does it mean when your car makes a grindind noise when tryin to start it? on 2005 Honda Element

its a 05 ellement standard, i got my battery, starter, and alternator tested and all 3 items were good, what can it possibly be? I hear the starter spinning, as if its missing a catch.

by in Phoenix, AZ on May 11, 2012
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ANSWER by , May 11, 2012
It sound like the starter gear that is supposed to mesh with the flywheel gear is not engaging properly, I would have this checked by a shop before it ruins the teeth on the flywheel and will require removal of the transmission and flywheel to fix. Usually when they test a starter its on the work bench and they can't tell that the teeth of the gear isn't fitting the flywheel properly
COMMENT by , May 11, 2012
thank you, i didnt think of the flywheel but that u had mentioned it, it seems its possible too. so is it the starter or flywheel that causes the grindind noise,
COMMENT by , May 11, 2012
yes either that or like global said your ignition key isn't releasing and won't disengage the starter from the flywheel