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Jim Derrig

The answer to your last question is “no.”

Clutches can fail and can make many strange sounds, but I’m guessing the problem might be with the connection between the bendix gear that hooks to the starter and the ring gear that fits over the crank and sits between the clutch and the engine case.  Guessing further, you’ve reinstalled the starter incorrectly.  Try pulling it and reinstalling, making sure it is properly connected to the bendix and that when the bendix is activated it meshes smoothly with the ring gear.