Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Spokane WA
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You need to take the vehicle to the dealer ASAP. Even if they can't duplicate the noise, they will document the situation and that is always a good thing - a starter failure can destroy the ring gear, requiring an expensive labor charge for transmission removal.
If it's going to fail, you really want it to happen during the warranty period.
If you are on good terms with your dealer, maybe you can talk them into pulling the starter for a look. It would not take a lot of time.
Whine a lot and let a tear leak out one eye... that always helps.
John E Davies
Spokane WA USA