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ive seen several complants about the starter grinding with the v6 on the 1st start only when its cold outside or if the car has been sitting for a while, has anyone had this fixed yet? My fusion and its noises im starting to regret buying it. only 6k on it im taking it in on sat for these noises, and the pcm reprogram.
 

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I haven't heard of a fix yet. I did notice the other day when I started mine for the first time in a while after some cool nights the starter seemed to stay engaged a split second or so too long after I released the key. It didn't really grind exactly you could just hear the starter get wound up to a high rpm.
 

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Chances are the clunk is the AC compressor engaging. Mine does it. Do you have manual or Automatic A/C? If you have auto it engages the compressor as soon as it starts, the a/c oil goes to the lowest and coolest point in the system. When the compressor is engaged it pushes out the oil and causes a grunt. Mine does the same thing. Make sure the A/C is off before starting it and see if it stops. If it does then thats it.
 

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The compressor isn't an automatic on, so it's probably not the compressor. The compressor comes on and ramps up after the car has well been started (if you leave the AC on accidentally).
 

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Ya Whenever i start the car if i have left the AC on before turnin it off it makes a clunky type noise or if i have left it off when i turn the AC on after its been sittin a few days or sometimes just a night itll make the noise
 
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