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Old 08-26-2012, 05:12 PM
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By the way. Thanks for the help everyone. Out skiing again after removing the raw water pump and the spark plugs. Don't want to do that again though (quite a bit of work). The next time the starter lands on the broken tooth, I guess I'll be pulling the boat out of the water and changing the ring gear. Unless anyone knows of an easier way to turn the flywheel.
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if you pull the spark plugs, you should be able to grab the belt and turn it over enough to go past the missing tooth.
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By the way. Thanks for the help everyone. Out skiing again after removing the raw water pump and the spark plugs. Don't want to do that again though (quite a bit of work). The next time the starter lands on the broken tooth, I guess I'll be pulling the boat out of the water and changing the ring gear. Unless anyone knows of an easier way to turn the flywheel.
Thanks again.
The tool is easy to use, wrap the chain around the flat part of the balancer attach to handle the chain grips and it uses leverage to spin. I use one all the time on holding balancers from turning when I remove the the big bolt...
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:13 AM
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I have same issue....

When starter gets on a broken tooth I turn the propeller by hand - or have whoever is in the water do it; seems to work. Rocking the boat has also worked. I had trans out twice and knew I should have checked/replaced dampener & flywheel; lesson learned.
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Old 07-23-2015, 02:06 AM
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Does anyone know how to engage the prop when the boat isn't running. Even with the boat in gear, the flywheel doesn't turn when you turn the prop because the transmission isn't engaged.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:16 AM
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The transmission will not engage with out the motor running. The engagement is done with trans fluid pressure produced by the pump in the trans. No revolutions of the pump means no engagement. Your best bet is to pull spark plugs and turn the crank.


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Old 07-23-2015, 03:20 PM
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You may ruin your starter drive if you keep using it with broken ring gear teeth. Sooner or later you need to change the ring gear.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:44 PM
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I would replace that flywheel before I took the boat out again. Murphy's law states that the starter will land on that missing tooth at the worst possible moment. Sounds like an inexpensive and easy repair that could save you big time.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:02 PM
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I just replaced the Flywheel (Ring) gear on my 1989 Tri Star. It's a process as you have to pull the drive train (Prop Shaft, Tranny, Tranny Supports, Electrical attached to Bell Housing, Bell Housing, Dampner Clutch), took me some time but the part from Napa was under $30 after they cross referenced it...

I had broken a tooth and there were a couple of others that were worn.
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