I have a Ford Bantam 1.3l pickup (South African) with 31 000 km on the clock.
This morning when I tried to start the car (cold start), it made a loud scratching/screeching noise (like when turning the key in the ignition for too long and engaging the starter for too long), although this was a bit of a higher pitched scratch/screech (but not like a fan belt slipping, it's definitely closer to the scratch of the starter). I immediately turned the engine off, but the screech still continued for half a second or so after that.
I tried to turn the engine on again, and while it did start fine, the engine idled high for half a second or so, before dipping quite low and I had to engage the accelerator a bit to keep it going. After a few seconds, everything stabilised and I was able to drive off.
The car went for a general service about 2 weeks ago, and there haven't been any other issues since the service (or before).
Any ideas and advice would be appreciated. I should add, I'm not an expert when it comes to the inner workings of a car.