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I have a 2006 FRV with the 2.2 diesel engine. 

125k miles. 


Today the car took several attempts to start. Before it fired it was just a fairly quiet whirring sound and no cranking or turning over. Then it fired ok. 


Is this an obvious problem/fix?

I am really not a car person but does this mean starter motor is done for? 

All advice very gratefully received

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On 5/30/2024 at 2:59 AM, ec5780 said:

I found this thread on Reddit which has a video where you can hear the whirring sound.


If this is what's happening to yours, then it sounds like the conclusion is to replace the starter motor.

Thanks so much for coming back to me. Yes, it wasn't too far off that, though perhaps higher pitched.  In any case I've ordered a new starter motor and hoping I can get it replaced next week. 

I'll try and update on here. 

Thanks again

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