Smokeymax-----Get to your dealer and let them take a look. My 04 had 550 miles on it when the starter went out. No warning----It just whined and wouldn't engage. My dealer kept the truck for three days and wound up replacing the starter and flywheel. I've read where some DMAX ring gears were installed backwards. If this is true the starter drive wouldn't properly mesh with the ring gear teeth on start-up. Anyway, get to your dealer now. Even if they can't duplicate the problem they will have your complaint on file. Your SM will be able to help you later if problems occur after warranty. Be SURE to get a copy of your complaint from your service dept.-----------Phil
Mine was starting to grind a couple months ago and would only do this when the motor was cold. Couldn't duplicate at the dealer's but they changed out the starter anyway. The teeth were not chewed at all on the starter and the ring gear was inspected and found to be ok. The tech figured it was possibly the internal gearing in the starter that was doing the grinding while trying to turn over a cold engine. He figured the starter gear would engage the ring gear but the strain of turning over a cold engine caused the internal gears to nash thus causing the problem. Anyway it was repaired under warranty with no hassle from the dealer.
As I recall the dealer told me the starter is covered with the 3yr/60K warranty and not by the engine warranty. Not sure about the ring gear though. The tech did tell me that the ring gear in these trucks have massive teeth on them and it would take a lot of abuse from the starter to damage them.
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