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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?

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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.
The trans can be pulled to replace it but I'll go out on a limb and say they decline the repair. Since the starter isn't covered, they're going to say that caused the flywheel damage to get out of it. Just my

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wow... I'd like to think the dealer will step up on this one.

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I would say they should cover it. If they don't, go to another dealer. Get shutdown again then get ahold of corporate Ford.

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THis happened to one of my buddies trucks. I believe his is a 2012. His was covered under warranty.

Stock for now.
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I should have updated this, but they did cover it 100% under warranty. The flywheel was causal failure which also damaged starter/bendix. Both were replaced under warranty which I was very happy about needless to say. The actual parts would not have been all that expensive, but taking the trans/transfer case out would have been a pia even with a lift as our transmission jack would not have supported that huge hunk of metal.
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Would have been the perfect time to change the TC out. Does anyone sell an upgraded flywheel? Seems ive read about this happening a few times

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