2010 Honda Fit, Manual Transmission. 84,000 miles

On cold starts (the weather is also cold here if that is important) there's this prolonged noise after the noise of the engine turning over that's like a grinding noise.

It typically only happens the first start and not again after that. Although it has happened twice in a row, after starting - turning the engine off- then starting again immediately after.

Everything shifts smoothly with the transmission, I'm hoping, if anything it's a starter issue and not something more serious. I'm a bit of a novice but I do know the starter turns the flywheel, and the clutch also interacts with the flywheel, but shouldn't be even touching the flywheel while the clutch pedal is depressed for start?

If any questions need to be answered to get a better idea feel free to ask. Thanks.

I actually found a video that makes the same noise as my car https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htZg6EEtyfk at 0:30

  • Well, a lot of comments on that video you linked saying it's the VTEC actuator. Just saying...
    – RaphaelP
    Nov 13, 2020 at 17:54
  • I have no idea if it's related, but I have heard the Toyota Prius (automatic transmission only, I believe) of the same generation has an identical issue. Nov 13, 2020 at 19:56
  • Perhaps related: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/542/57
    – Martin
    Nov 14, 2020 at 8:07
  • @RaphaelP I read that too, called Honda, my car doesn't have a VTC actuator. The tech on the phone knew what noise the VTC actuator makes (since its a common service apparently) and said it could be the timing chain tensioner. Taking it in on Wednesday - R.I.P my wallet
    – marsrover
    Nov 14, 2020 at 19:47
  • Was my starter, new starter and the noise is gone
    – marsrover
    Dec 18, 2020 at 3:08


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