I have a 2000 Taurus that recently started making a noise when
starting. It sounds like something is rattling around inside the
engine. Almost like someone put a nickel in the area where the
starter meets the flywheel. This was preceded by an overall hard time
getting the car to start. Lots of turning over and no start, or dying
right after starting.
It has also developed a noise very similar to a chirping belt, but
when I looked under the hood, the noise is definitely coming from the
driver side of the vehicle, near where the starter is.
Any suggestions as to what is wrong would be greatly appreciated.