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85 F250

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When I turn the ignition switch, sometimes I'll get a grinding sound from the bendix not grabbing the flywheel. Sometimes, it'll just crank normally.
Sometimes, it will do nothing. Sometimes it won't start in Park and I have to shift to neutral and it'll either crank or grind. Sometimes not even then.
I have noticed that when it decides to do nothing, if I hold the key all the way to start for a few seconds, it may crank/grind and it may not.
Once its started, the truck runs just fine. The only problem is getting it going. Any ideas?
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It's not a bendix, it's just a pinion. Bendix is a brand.

The problem is probably either a missing flywheel tooth or a sticky pinion.
partially disassemble and grease the starter if it's sticking.

can also be a crack in starter or the mounting surface, stripped bolt holes, needs shims, etc.

could even be a loose connection to the solenoid windings... fun with starters :D
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