So...I went to start my Ariens GT17 and it half fired and kicked back before the starter bendix fully disengaged. Now the starter spins, bendix engages, but doesn't turn the engine...plus the burning rubber smoke/smell. The gear has separated itself from the rubber isolator/bushing. I've had this happen before on a K series. It's just a much easier fix on a K series.
My question...Has anyone else had this happen? I know the "kick back" caused this, but would it happen on a new bendix, or would a new one be able to take the hit? I would hate to have this happen again, since I have to pull the engine to replace the starter. The worse part is...I just had the engine loose a week ago to remove the drive shaft to replace the input shaft seal on the Sundstrand hydro! =^/