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Old 12-29-2005, 10:46 AM
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Starter removed! Help

Started work on the boat for this winter and removed my alternator and starter for refurbishment. On removing the starter there is a light brown liquid on the flywheel and starter is this normal? Any advice please.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:52 AM
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Is it motor oil? If so your rear main seal of the motor may be leaking.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:59 AM
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Should there be any fluid in this area or should it be dry the boat is a 1982 Stars and stripes which I have only owned for one year. Last year was stringer and floor replacement so this year its the turn of the engine.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:00 AM
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How much "liquid" did you find? Have you found the motor "using" oil in the past?

So far, its sounds like a rear main. (Not enough of a problem to deem a rebuild in my perspective, or at least from my view or lack thereof)
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:01 AM
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In theory, it should be dry.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:08 AM
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Ta! The fluid was light chocolate, it used little oil during 2 months use however I dont know how long it has been like it. So If it should be dry I may clean it and see what happens after a run or two?
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:10 AM
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If there is a bad oil leak you should have seen oil in the bilge.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:16 AM
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No other signs only when I removed the starter and seen it on the fly wheel and starter.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:23 AM
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Started work on the boat for this winter and removed my alternator and starter for refurbishment. On removing the starter there is a light brown liquid on the flywheel and starter is this normal? Any advice please.
Hmmm...doesn't sound right. Any significant amount of oil in the bellhousing raises the issue of a transmission seal leak, and the fact that it's light brown raises the question of water contamination of the tranny oil. Could be double trouble...
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:44 AM
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What does the liquid feel like, oil or water? If it's water, it could be condensation and rust. It could also be a leaking plug on the rear of the block or bilge water, which builds up in the housing between the transmission and motor if the water gets deeper than the bottom of the housing. Every time the crank turns, it slings the water up and coats everything, and then it rusts. Remove the spark plugs and manually rotate the crank counterclockwise (looking from the front). Is the flywheel dry toward the top?

I don't know if you do this, but the starter Bendix and gear are supposed to be lubricated at least once per year as a regular maintenance procedure.
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