Firstly, vehicle details, 2007 Compass Sport; 2.4 inline4, 5 speed manual, front wheel drive.
So, my issue is I'll be driving along normally and without warning this very loud squeeling sound starts under the hood. The first time it happened, I had no idea what was going on and thought it was just a belt or pulley.
As it turns out, it was actually the starter motor that was being forced to continuously turn over (as though it was starting the motor) and I suppose it simply burnt itself out. Massive amount of smoke under the hood.
I had it towed to the dealership and paid nearly $600 for a new starter and associated labour.
Second time this happened, was about 7 weeks after, exactly the same situation. I managed to get it off the road this time and turn the ignition off.
Even with the key removed from the ignition the starter motor continued to turn over until it burned itself out. This time the part and repair was covered under warranty.
The third time was this morning, about 7 weeks after the second time.
As soon as I heard it happening I pulled over to the shoulder of the highway and turned the motor off. Again, the starter motor continued cranking. I called the tow truck company and waited. After a few minutes, out of curiousity, I decided to try starting the motor and it turned over as usual and I drove myself to work. At lunch I drove around a few minutes and nothing happened. On my way home, it ran as usual.
What the hell is happening here?!
I absolutely hate to drive in a vehicle I cannot trust. I feel like pushing this thing into a lake.