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My starter just ate my flywheel...
So I went to start my 2011 with 44,8xx miles on it after picking up my daughter at daycare. When I started it the started made a grinding sound for just a split second and started. Hmmm, that didn't sound good. Drove home and puled in driveway, went to start it again just to check and sure as heck made a grinding sound and starter just spun. I immediately cut the starter off and called Ford. Thinking that maybe the bendix was not kicking the gear out I asked the service guy if the starter was covered under the engine warranty as I do not have the ESP. He simply said no that it was not, so I went to pulling the starter out with the intention of just replacing the starter (even though I should not have to on a truck that is just now 2 years old with under 45k miles). So I get the starter out, which was not easy, and use a mirror just to check the flywheel.......to find broken teeth on the flywheel.
When I look at the warranty manual it says that flywheel is part of engine. I would think that this would be covered? And is this a pull the cab off job or can they simply remove the tranny to replace?
Not very happy right now... see pic.