View Full Version : Bendix staying engaged

09-08-2013, 07:12 PM
Ran the boat last night without any problems but today I'm having massive issues with the bendix clanking on the flywheel after the boat starts. Sounds like rocks in the transmission but the vibration is coming from the starter so I'm almost positive that's the problem.

I've charged the battery to full to make sure that's not an issue. Removed the starter, disassembled it, and put some fresh grease on the bendix slide as well as the teeth themselves. Still having issues though. The bendix slides up and down cleanly when removed but doesn't like to go back down when it's attached to the starter. Any ideas? The starter was brand new from skidim in April and has 100-150 hours on it.

09-08-2013, 07:22 PM
What boat? Sure is not the solenoid stuck and the starter is running?

09-08-2013, 07:27 PM
It's a Dixie boat but the engine is a 351w. It is possible that the starter is still running but not sure how to tell for sure. I thought maybe the key was stuck first but it's all the way to the left in the "on" position.

09-08-2013, 07:30 PM
I would suspect a bad solenoid. I just had my solenoid fail on me while on vacation. it stuck in the engaged position like yours. It took out the starter-mounted solenoid as well.

What engine and boat do you have?

09-08-2013, 07:44 PM
Try a new starter solenoid, mine has done it 2x now and if I will hit the solenoid after unhooking the battery I can get by for the rest of the day and get a new solenoid when I get back to town.

09-08-2013, 07:49 PM
O yea, for the solenoid just go to the local parts store and get a fender mounted solenoid for like an 80 model ford truck with 351. Same one

09-08-2013, 07:57 PM
Should only be $12 or so.

09-08-2013, 09:32 PM
I don't know if a fender solenoid will work. That's what I used to use until I bought this starter where the solenoid appears to actuate the bendix. http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ARC70201

If it'll work, that's a no cost repair for me as I already have a fender mounted solenoid.

09-08-2013, 10:04 PM
Try tapping on the solenoid that's on your starter and seeing if that cures your problem. If it does replace the starter/ solenoid if you can get separate. If not the return spring is probably broken, pull the starter to verify and if so it's time for a starter or if you can get someone to put a spring in it. Starter might be under warranty (I have no clue what their warranty policy is) if that's your problem

09-08-2013, 11:34 PM
This one actually doesn't have a spring which I thought was odd. Totally controlled by the solenoid. I did try tapping on the starter and the solenoid while it was making noise and it didn't do anything.

Maybe tomorrow I could work on trying to cut power manually to the starter solenoid and see if that cures the problem.

09-11-2013, 12:09 PM
The problem ended up being related to the way the bendix retracts. The solenoid on this starter controls the bendix movement and the starter motor. There is a plastic fork that attaches to the bendix and the bendix wasn't seated in this fork properly. The fork looked to be self seating and was a pain to connect so I didn't reconnect it when I put the starter back together the first time either.

09-12-2013, 09:10 PM
Good to know you got it fixed!