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turned the ignition while engine was running

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Made several "attempts" to start the car, before realizing that the car was already running (didn't realize how noisy the parking garage was and did not hear the engine at first). Was damage done to the starter or the engine...or other? Should I expect any adverse effects in the future? Thanks in advance.
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Shouldn't be a problem. To avoid doing this in the future, get an aftermarket exhaust! :lol:

Unless you sat there holding the key in the start position and heard the gears grinding for a couple minutes I can't imagine you doing any critical damage - kind of like grinding a gear occasionally. Not a huge deal, just don't do it too often.

I know I did it once in my previous 3, but I can't remember if it ground the ring gear or if there was a fail safe switch that disabled the starter.

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