After listening to the audio file in the above post i have decided that it must be my starter gummed up because my car sounds exactly like that. Ive noticed that the automatic models take a different starter than ones with a manual. There is a third bolt hole in the one i need and i want to know is this another bolt that i will have to fight or is it just for an accessory bracket?
Thank you red. Today i went to the junkyard and i was able to find a 97 Jetta with an auto 2.0 that was already torn down enough were i could see everything. On that car the third hole was just there with nothing in it. I was worried of it some how being connected to a engine mount which i really dont want to hassle with in my apartment's parking lot. Im on a really tight budget and my max i can spend is 150. Do you know of any decent starters in my price range
I don't think you need a new starter. Just take yours out, clean and lube the starter gear mechanism. You'll see the gear slides back and forth on a shaft to engage the ring gear on the flywheel. Clean up that shaft and grease it. Make sure the gear slides smoothly.