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Re: Starter just spins

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Bruce (VA)

04-06-2014 14:05:55

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Bendix failure is not unusual on 12v conversions. That's because you are using twice the current which means twice the torque. Pull the starter and replace the Bendix. If you've never pulled the starter post back for advice on that.

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04-07-2014 16:08:48

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 Re: Starter just spins in reply to Bruce (VA), 04-06-2014 14:05:55  
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Hi Bruce,

Not sure if it's ok to post on this thread, but I pulled my starter out on my 52' 8N so I can clean the block up to repaint it. Any tricks or advice on getting the starter back in?

Thanks for any help.

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Bruce (VA)

04-07-2014 16:33:30

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 Re: Starter just spins in reply to JBart, 04-07-2014 16:08:48  
The starter has 3 major exterior components; front plate, barrel & rear plate. The 2 bolts that hold the starter on to the bell housing go through all three components & hold it all together.

To remove the starter, unscrew the bolts out of the block & put a nut on one of them. Otherwise, the starter comes apart. Not fatal, but not fun either. (tip # 36 at the link below) Then, loosen the two bolts holding the oil filter canister to the block, (it does not need to be removed) remove the dipstick, and keep the starter close to the block while pushing the front of it down and lifting the back up. Sometimes you have to remove the drain petcock as well.The bendix is behind the flywheel; your job is to get it over the flywheel.

Caution: while the starter is off, resist the temptation to screw with the bendix. If you extend the bendix, and it is not the OEM bendix w/ the big spring, you will have a hard time getting the starter installed.

To install the starter, keep it close to the block while pulling the front of it up and pushing the bendix back into the hole. The bendix has to go behind the flywheel; your job is to get it over the flywheel.

Lastly, while the starter is off, polish the block & all starter mating surfaces w/ sandpaper to insure a good electrical ground. First, clean the mating area between the barrel and rear plate. Then, clean the mating surfaces where the aluminum rear plate meets the bell housing. The starter's ground circuit is not only through the two long bolts but from the barrel to the rear plate & then to the bell housing as well.

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04-06-2014 18:37:07

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 Re: Starter just spins in reply to Bruce (VA), 04-06-2014 14:05:55  
Twice the current????? How do you get that through cables half as big?

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Bruce (VA)

04-06-2014 19:37:45

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 Re: Starter just spins in reply to teddy52food, 04-06-2014 18:37:07  

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