Re: Is it possible that the starter is engaged? Bad ignition switch?
Nope. Not a starter grind. My car had been running for a while before the noise occured. Probably not the starter.
I can't figure out why the ignition would cause a grind... but since the headlights were affected too I had thought in that direction too.
I found an A4 post a couple of weeks ago describing the same problem (neutral and park loud grind and lack of headlights). The guy hasn't responded yet though.