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goodad posted 03-18-2003 06:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for goodad   Send Email to goodad  
1986 Evinrude..Electric starter won't move up to engage the flywheel..Probably something stupid but so am I...Bill
captbone posted 03-18-2003 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
If you have power and the starter spins but wont engauge then it is because the bendex is stuck. No kiddin, all you have to do is give the starter some love taps in the right places. Then grease the bendex (thing that engages the flywheel). I have beat the crap out of starters with hammers and it always seem to work, starter can take a good wack so dont hold back.
Dick posted 03-18-2003 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Take it easy with the hammer they are made to drive nails not fix starters.
Spray some WD-40 on the bendix and work it by hand first. If it loosens up use some white lith grease to lube it and it should be fine.


Whalerdan posted 03-19-2003 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Is the battery strong?
Bigshot posted 03-19-2003 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Try your grounds. If bendix is spinning but not engaging it is usually the ground. Either on battery or on the engine, remove and clean. Charge battery too.
rsess1 posted 03-19-2003 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for rsess1  Send Email to rsess1     
The WD 40 usually works for me. Good Luck
Seabrook posted 03-19-2003 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seabrook  Send Email to Seabrook     
If the bendex (spelling?) engages the teeth of the flywheel but slips, it may need to be replaced. If it does not engage, it is often because the starter is weak.

Unless you can pull start your motor, do not wait on it to quit before rebuilding or replacing it. It is very easy to rebuild. For about $75 you can buy a new bendex and a brush set for your starter. Once you clean out the inside well, lube the shaft and replace those parts, it is basically a rebuilt starter for not a lot of money. I have had to do that on two of my boats and it is very easy.

goodad posted 03-20-2003 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for goodad  Send Email to goodad     
Thanks for the replies...Tried all methods from the replies...Still no go..Suspecting weak batteries..Hopefully thats all..Will get new ones..Will let you know ...Thanks
Bigshot posted 03-20-2003 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
C'mon....weak batteries as in plural? Do you have a switch? If so, switch to both and that should be plenty. My battery could be almost dead but the bendix will still kick. I doubt it is batteries. Do you have a charger?
goodad posted 03-20-2003 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for goodad  Send Email to goodad     
Have tried charging...Can only check with a hydometer...3 of the 6 chambers show recharge and 3 are in the fair range..Sounds like it might have to go the shop..
captbone posted 03-20-2003 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbone  Send Email to captbone     
In 5 minutes you can grab your car battery and some jumper cables and find out.

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