My 2004 Subaru WRX has 110000 miles on the odometer and I'm worried about the original equipment starter motor. Here are the audible symptoms that have me concerned:
During the winter, I noticed that sometimes on a (very) cold start, turning the key would result in quite a grinding screech. However, the car would start right up.
As the weather has gotten warmer, I've noticed that even on a warm day, the starter still makes a low amplitude grinding squeal. Much harder to hear but it's there.
Here are the things that I am pretty sure aren't problems:
Alternator - the voltage appears good on the dash.
Oil - Subaru's are prone to some piston slap and I was afraid I was hearing a low oil condition. Not so.
Battery is not new but isn't original.
To date, there haven't been any problems starting the car. However, I'm naturally concerned, especially considering the expense that we've recently put into the wife's car (!).
Does any of the above sound like a failing starter? Or should I listen elsewhere?