My 51 plate (2001 model for the Americans on the exchange) Clio has started occasionally making a horrible grinding sound instead of starting the car. Alternatively it sometimes just makes a whizzing sound. For example, this morning it made a funny whizz sound (bit like a motor might make when not attached to anything) twice, then a horrible grindy noise once, then finally started the car (after it turned the engine over once or twice - cold day here in sunny England!)
This is common, and it often struggles a bit when it does make the car start, so I think its a case that the starter needs replacing.
When I replace the starter with a new one, will I need to replace the starter ring gear too?
It has occasionally been making the grinding sound for the last month or so, but it's just recently started doing this new whizzing sound.