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Old 06-06-2010, 10:21 AM
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Angry Starter bendix sticking?

I did a search and found a couple threads on this topic but not a ton of troubleshooting. A few weeks ago our starter wouldn't disengage after the engine cranked..I pulled the battery cable and it stopped. It only does this periodically,so it is pretty hard to track down the exact problem. I replaced the solenoid yesterday and at the ramp it started just fine, but a couple hours later it stuck again. I checked the new solenoid with the battery disconnected and it was stuck.(this was the new one) After beating it on the floor once it tested fine again. My question is : Is there something else causing this to stick or did I get a bad part. I will try to replace the solenoid again today with a heavy duty one....
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:07 AM
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I did a search and found a couple threads on this topic but not a ton of troubleshooting. A few weeks ago our starter wouldn't disengage after the engine cranked..I pulled the battery cable and it stopped. It only does this periodically,so it is pretty hard to track down the exact problem. I replaced the solenoid yesterday and at the ramp it started just fine, but a couple hours later it stuck again. I checked the new solenoid with the battery disconnected and it was stuck.(this was the new one) After beating it on the floor once it tested fine again. My question is : Is there something else causing this to stick or did I get a bad part. I will try to replace the solenoid again today with a heavy duty one....
It can be the Bendix, especially if it has never been serviced as recommended by the manufacturer. It's supposed to be greased annually, especially if the humidity is high or the boat is used in salt/brackish water and water is usually in the bilge.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:40 PM
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but the bendix would be mechanical..This seems to be electrical..right? I don't see how the bendix could make the solenoid stick shut. someone enlighten me.
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:02 PM
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but the bendix would be mechanical..This seems to be electrical..right? I don't see how the bendix could make the solenoid stick shut. someone enlighten me.
Who said the problem isn't mechanical? The stated issue is that the Bendix stays engaged, not that the starter continues to crank. If the Bendix sticks, it still screetches. The only way to verify what is causing the problem is to pull the starter and have it tested. If the Bendix is sticky, it will still show up.

Have you cranked until the battery died? If so, I would suspect the solenoid because low voltage kills more starters and solenoids than anything else.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:20 PM
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As usual, JimN is leading you in the right direction.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:28 PM
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My two cents is on a low amperage condition.

Check both ends of the battery cables and main grounds.

Did you get the relay from your dealer/skidim or a auto parts store?
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:38 AM
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Let me jump in here on the greased annually comment. My Bendix is covered, is this cover removeable? Is there a grease fitting inside?
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:51 AM
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You need to remove the starter to grease it.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:05 PM
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You need to remove the starter to grease it.
And rotate the gear backward to make it climb up the shaft, so that and the gear can be lubed, preferably with waterproof grease.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:23 PM
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Wunerful - it's that lower bolt that makes the starter removal a PITA
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