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    Noise while starting?

    My 98 Formula A4 turns over fine, but right when it turns over I hear a screeching grind noise. After it is started the noise goes away. I suspect starter or flexplate. What is the best way to check the starter and Flexplate? I have not had a chance to get under her and look yet. I wanted to get a good idea of where and what to look for first.

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    Removing the starter is pretty straightforward -- two bolts and two wires, and you may need to unplug some adjacent sensors to gain clearance. There should be an inspection cover at the bottom of your bell housing -- circular silver cover. I haven't had mine out so not sure on the removal procedure.

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    how do I check the flexplate?

    Once I get the cover off, is it easy to see the entire driveplate or will I have to spin it? If so, what is the best way to spin it?

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