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#1 Phluphy OFFLINE  

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Posted August 04, 2016 - 03:39 PM

B&S opposed 18 just ate another starter drive gear. At this rate I may as well pick up a box of them. If recalled correctly, this is the 4th one this year. Think it's time to just buy an entire NEW starter as it appears this one has a tad bit of play in the bearing area. 


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 04:00 PM

Are these plastic? Is there a metal one that will substitute?


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 04:18 PM

Play in the brass bushings will eat the nylon gears. (The top bushing usually goes first) Three options.

1. Replace the Starter.

2. Talk with a Generator / Alternator shop on replacing the bushings, or remanufacture the starter.

3. Buy a bag of gears (I keep 1 - 2 hanging around for mine)

 

DO NOT use a metal gear or you will be looking for a replacement flywheel gear or new flywheel.


Edited by larrybl, August 04, 2016 - 04:20 PM.

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Posted August 04, 2016 - 04:20 PM

Those nylon gears really suck



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Posted August 04, 2016 - 04:21 PM

If a new starter, make sure it is the same length as the old or you will need to trim the shroud like I had to.


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 04:23 PM

Rebuild the starter with new bearings. Put on the new bendix gear set. Remove burrs from the teeth of the ring gear. When installing it, be sure to get the alignment right. I've seen this with worn starters and damaged ring gears. Correcting the problems stopped any further problems. The plastic gears are designed to be destroyed so that more expensive parts are spared. I used to get the gears in boxes of 10. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 05:00 PM

Play in the brass bushings will eat the nylon gears. (The top bushing usually goes first) Three options.

1. Replace the Starter.

2. Talk with a Generator / Alternator shop on replacing the bushings, or remanufacture the starter.

3. Buy a bag of gears (I keep 1 - 2 hanging around for mine)

 

DO NOT use a metal gear or you will be looking for a replacement flywheel gear or new flywheel.

You are correct fiber gear with aluminum flywheel


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 06:14 PM

Are these plastic? Is there a metal one that will substitute?

Perhaps nylon. Thinking plastic though. Definitely would not go with metal. Gears are less expensive and labor intensive than ring gear replacement. 


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 06:15 PM

For me it was not the expense of the gear (they are reasonable) it was the fact that the engine had to be pulled to get at the starter.  :mad2:


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 06:21 PM

Play in the brass bushings will eat the nylon gears. (The top bushing usually goes first) Three options.

1. Replace the Starter.

2. Talk with a Generator / Alternator shop on replacing the bushings, or remanufacture the starter.

3. Buy a bag of gears (I keep 1 - 2 hanging around for mine)

 

DO NOT use a metal gear or you will be looking for a replacement flywheel gear or new flywheel.

My finance manager just told me to buy a new starter. Works for me. :) 


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 06:23 PM

If a new starter, make sure it is the same length as the old or you will need to trim the shroud like I had to.

Length? As in overall, housing or?



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Posted August 04, 2016 - 06:27 PM

For me it was not the expense of the gear (they are reasonable) it was the fact that the engine had to be pulled to get at the starter.  :mad2:

The starter comes out of this thing (craftsman II gt) in less than 3 minutes, as long as the bolt clearance opening is lined up under the flywheel.



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Posted August 04, 2016 - 06:53 PM

Sounds like this. https://www.youtube....h?v=NKnos9MXqNg

 

Post 116 - 118 here shows the longer starter issue and how to correct it. http://gardentractor...-hulk-ii/page-8


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