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On startup for a brief moment, sort of grinding noise ... I assume starter on way out ... but could it be anything else?:(
 

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On startup for a brief moment, sort of grinding noise ... I assume starter on way out ... but could it be anything else?:(
Grinding noises that have been reported have turned out to be the pulley on your water pump grinding into the timing chain cover. Most likely your water pump bearings / impeller are worn out causing slop in the pulley in turn causing it to rub or grind into the timing cover. If you let it go, it can become real fun when the pulley grinds a hole into the cover, then a relatively easy fix, becomes a major $$ costly repair.
It is rare to read about people having to replace starters on Saabs.
 
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