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Old 03-18-2012, 08:30 PM
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Bendix not engaging

Hey guys pulled the boat out this weekend but go to crank and the starter just spins at high rpms and the engine doesn't turn over. Have never seen a starter do this. The starter was new last year in april. Could anything else cause this besides a busted flywheel? I also did manually turn the engine over about 1 turn just to see if the flywheel maybe had a few chips.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:37 PM
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most likely bad solenoid...you can take the starter out and find out right away....take it to NAPA or other to have it bench tested.
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:17 PM
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spray that bendix drive with some lube...if that fixes it slap some marine grease on it and call it good.
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:27 PM
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Try a different battery, jump box or battery charger that has a start setting. Battery may be slighly discharged or bad cell. Test with battery load tester. Might start working with extra amps. Starter may have developed rust on the bendix, not letting it fully engage. Says in my operators manual to remove starter and lube gear and shaft as part of yearly maintenance. Just a partially educated guess without more tests and info. Good luck.
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:35 PM
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I'll pull it out tomorrow. Hopefully doesn't cost me another week in shipping etc. I'm guessing your manual didn't have you changing it on a merc. Merc's engineers must have just gotten fired from Jeep when they designed this layout. 2 hour pita to remove/reinstall 2 bolts
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:44 PM
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I'll pull it out tomorrow. Hopefully doesn't cost me another week in shipping etc. I'm guessing your manual didn't have you changing it on a merc. Merc's engineers must have just gotten fired from Jeep when they designed this layout. 2 hour pita to remove/reinstall 2 bolts
2 hours - yipes...sorry to hear...some contortion involved as well to remove?
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:54 PM
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I feel your pain. I just got my new to me garage queen Maristar 240 delivered from 1700 miles from Denver Co. to VA Monday evening. Boat has 454/ 400 hp BBC 144 original hrs, boat looks new. The dealer installed a new Arco starter and battery requested by me day before it was picked up by Uship. They just rolled over motor and did not start it because did not want to break winterization. I tryed to start motor Wedsday and all I got was a click. Hooked up jump box and bam started right up. Charged battery and tested 100 percent. Still clicks till you hit key 3 or four times then will start without jump box. Looks like maybe bad solenoid for me. I still have to check a couple of other things and do some voltage test. Only good thing is starter is located on rear bell housing and easily accessable.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:09 PM
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When you have the starter out, reach in and feel the teeth on your flywheel. If the starter wasn't properly shimmed, it can chew up your flywheel.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:44 AM
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2 hours - yipes...sorry to hear...some contortion involved as well to remove?
Contortion is an understatement. I really wanna punch someone for this. Flywheel was fine last year when I changed this. This may be the end of my "buying rebuilt" luck
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:58 PM
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Try a different battery, jump box or battery charger that has a start setting
took both batteries by advanced this morning. Both tested fantastic and fully charged. Looks like I'm going in
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