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Old 06-02-2016, 07:21 PM
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Starter Motor Rebuild

Hey all, I have a new to me 1998 PS190 w/LT1. Well, after only putting 2 hours on it at the end of last summer before school and hunting season started, I had to put it away for a long cold winter. Now that it is encroaching on summer, I decided it felt like a good time to get her out and make sure everything is in good working condition BEFORE peak season. Well, after a good visual check I drug her down to the lake, and upon turning the ignition I got the humm of the fuel pump and a single *click* from the starter. Several attempts led me to the same result. So i got back to the house and started checking all of the connections and looking for any signs of loose wires via the good ol' wiggle test. Nothing. So my next step was to pull the starter, and upon visual inspection it looked pretty rusty. Then I went to have it tested at the local autozone. The test came back with a solid FAIL. The bendix gear is not engaging from what I understood.

I am not sure what care the previous owner took in greasing the bendix, but what are the odds that I will be able to disassemble the starter, clean it up and make it lake-worthy for another summer? Or could the solenoid have anything to do with how the starter is acting? Am I better off just having it rebuilt?

Any input is appreciated.

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Old 06-02-2016, 10:17 PM
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That starter should be one of the permanent magnet types. Take it out and pull it apart and see how corroded it is. Nothing to loose.....
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:48 AM
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be sure your batterie is loaded,
check movable of the gear from starter if its move out easy,
if that, messure voltage direkt on startermotor while starting,
if is 0, replace contacts in starter solenoid, check that:
if gear not move out easy, replace whole solenoid,
if starter voltage read 12v and the motor dont turn,
replace starter.
hope that helps.

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Old 06-05-2016, 01:21 PM
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Battery is brand new, had it tested as well to make sure it wasn't bad from the factory. I took the starter apart and from what I can tell there is a lot of rust internally. I could not get the gear to move out freely. I think my next step is to have it rebuilt and not worry about it for a few years...
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Old 06-05-2016, 03:42 PM
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On mine I got a MARINE starter from the local rebuilder (but it's a new starter) $135

www.skidim.com sells starter also.
I was njskier on here.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:17 PM
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I had a starter rebuilt at a local electric shop. Charged me $35. It's nice knowing that it fits on the flywheel and no need to shim. Otherwise, that is the only downfall of a new starter.
1997 PS 205
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