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Last weekend I was on the river walleye fishing and after a long run I pulled into a spot to fish. After fishing about 20 minutes I deceded to call it a day and hit the key to start the motor. All the started did was spin and would not engage the fly wheel. I used the electric motor to get back to the launch.

I have tried everything to get the starter to engage. I even bought a new starter battery from BPS tonight (thinking the battery was going bad and didn't have enough power) and put it in but to no avail. The starter just spins but the starter gear does not want to spin up to engage the flywheel.

I had another problem last week and called around to service dealers but everyone was busy with new boat preps or with de-winterizing to take me in. Any ideas on what I might try next? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I feel like I am missing the whole spring walleye run.


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If you can see the starter gear with the motor cover off, have somebody try to start it while you watch. If the small gear on the starter does not pop up to engage the ring (larger) gear on the flywheel. The solenoid that engages the gear drive may be bad or there is a loose wiring connection. If it does engage (pop up and the two gears mesh) but the starter still spins freely. The starter bendix-drive assembly (One way clutch that the small gear is driven by) is most likely bad.

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Take it to Bill's Suburban Starters and Alternators on Gratiot just south of 13 mile. They can diagnose the exact cause of the problem. They are the best in town. My starter died out in the middle of the lake last year (Mercruiser) and had to get towed in. Bill's Suburban rebuilt it in about 4 hrs ($69) and I was back out on the water the next day! Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the feedback Buntifield and Boater2be. I took your advice B2B and called Bill's Suburban Alternator and Starter Specialists on Gratiot yesterday and talked to a great guy and fellow fisherman named Josh. He offered to look at it right away so I took it over this morning still on the motor. Josh took a look at it, diagnosed the problem quickly, fixed it (at an extremely reasonable cost) and I was on my way. He even told me how to prevent the problem in the future and how to fix it if for some reason it happend again.

Thanks again Josh (if you visit this site) and thanks Boater2be for the lead and thanks LSCNet for being there and making this all happen.


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I am sorry I didn't include this in my previous post. I didn't realize that some of you might be might be interested in knowing what the problem was and what the fix was. DUH!

Josh diagnosed the problem as the starter gear (the bendix) was sticking and the starter spinning couldn't pop it loose and let it spin up to engage the fly wheel. The fix was pretty simple. He took a screw driver and set it at the base of one of the teeth of the gear and lightly tapped it so that it would rotate the gear in a clockwise direction. I had a hunch that was the problem but was not confident enough to try tapping it like that nor smart enough to know which way to tap it.

He also suggested that I make sure that the gear shaft is lubricated occasionally to prevent it from happening again in the future. Looks like I have another thing to add to my spring check list of things to do before launching.

I hope this is of value to some of you and again I am sorry I omitted it in my last quote,

Jim
 
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