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Starter Just Spinning, Not Engaging Engine?


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 10:01 PM

I have a Tecumseh engine with a starter on it. I turn the key, get it fired up and all I hear it spinning. I don't hear it popping forward and engaging the engine to turn it over. I checked the teeth and they look fine. 

 

What would cause it to not lunge FWD? Thank you


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 10:10 PM

Peter, if you can get to the gear on the end of the starter, you might try to wiggle it with a little pry on it, the gear may be hung up on the bendix.  I had one do that and it would catch and hang every once in a while.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 10:11 PM

Oh, and if you think you need to lubricate it, only use powder graphite, nothing wet to collect dirt.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 10:15 PM

Thank you, so I'm taking this apart yes?



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Posted July 11, 2013 - 10:23 PM

To fix it right, yes it should come off and apart.



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Posted July 12, 2013 - 05:33 AM

To fix it right, yes it should come off and apart.

Yes what he says.  You really don't know what the real problem is until you get it apart and inspect it.


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Posted July 12, 2013 - 05:41 AM

Also, make sure your battery is good.

I've had one act like that, and all it needed was a bit more umph from the

battery.


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Posted July 12, 2013 - 08:06 AM

I'll second the "check battery" recommendation, just in case that's all that's wrong but it'll more than likely be a sticking bendix.
Pulling the starter and cleaning/lubricating the bendix is actually part of the 500 hour service for the Magnum 18 on my Troy-bilt. I'm at the point now where it frequently does what you're describing. The only problem is that to pull the starter involves removing almost all the interlocking shrouding and that requires removing the engine from the chassis. Not a job I have time to do during mowing season.

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Posted July 12, 2013 - 08:36 AM

I'll second the "check battery" recommendation, just in case that's all that's wrong but it'll more than likely be a sticking bendix.
Pulling the starter and cleaning/lubricating the bendix is actually part of the 500 hour service for the Magnum 18 on my Troy-bilt. I'm at the point now where it frequently does what you're describing. The only problem is that to pull the starter involves removing almost all the interlocking shrouding and that requires removing the engine from the chassis. Not a job I have time to do during mowing season.

I agree with the bendix sticking. Time to check it out!



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Posted July 12, 2013 - 09:29 AM

My first thought was to also check the battery's power. The old starter I had on the '71 1614 PK used to do that, even when the battery was at full charge. When that happened and I did not have time to mess with the bendix, I would just push on it with a screwdriver, knife, stick, or what ever else I had handy. You do not have to push on it much.






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