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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 00, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got around to shimming my starter and it is finally quiet. The problem I have is the gear disengages but does not return all the back, the result is the gear clicking on my flywheel (not good).

I have a remote solenoid mounted on the firewall with the batt. cable going to the starter solenoid, the batt.terminal on the starter is jumped to the hub closest to the engine.

It did this when the starter was new. Is there some problem that is preventing the gear from going all the way back? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanx. Sean
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 00, 05:23 PM
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If the bendix is not returning all the way, it might be the bushings inside the bendix are damaged or coming loose and jamming it.

The fork that throws it into gear could be installed backward or damaged or worn.

The return spring could be too weak or soft.

You didn't say if you could manually retract the bendix all the way or if there was something preventing it.

There are two length return springs, the short one works better for hot starting problems, but the disadvantage is that there is less spring to pull the bendix back.

The fact that you had to put an external solenoid on the car tells me perhaps you have something binding the bendix.

While you are working on the starter, pull the end cap and check the brushes for wear. If they wear too far the starter will lose power and eventually the screws holding the brushes will hit the armiture shorting it out.

I use a Standard Motor Products #SS200 Solenoid. It is teflon lined and uses brass and copper fittings. It uses the short return spring.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 00, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanx David. Yes i can push the gear back. I will try all you suggested when I get a chance. Again, thanx. Sean
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 01, 08:58 PM
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i have chewed up 3 starters on my 454, the original cast iron nose, and 2 aluminum nose starters, borrowed a gear reduction from a friend, it works but the gear doesnt pull all the way out of the flywheel either, and i suspect the spring is weak in it, going to put a new gear reduction starter on next week, and see what happens. and just as you have described in your situation i can also push it in manually, however i think i may need to do some shimming it seems to drag the gear tightly against the flywheel..
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