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    Smile Mercury Starter Question

    Quick Question...

    1989 Mercury 200 hp Carb motor. 250 hours or so since new. Original Starter.

    Last year, the starter began to miss every other time I hit the key. Electrically it would engage everytime, however instead of the familiar clunk and throuty engine cranking sound it would just go ZZZZZZZZIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG. I would have to keep trying to make it catch.

    I am guessing that the teeth on the bendix are worn. WHen I manually twist the gear up the shaft and lock it into the flywheel it works.

    Is there a quick fix here? Do I need a new Bendix? Someone recommended spraying carb cleaner on the shaft. WOuld this do anything?

    I need divine intervention from the engine GODs...

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    Clean and grease the Bendix.
    Best to remove it for a good cleaning (the nut on top).

    If it hasn't been doing it long, the teeth will be ok.
    I see London, I see France...

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    Talking

    Thanks Mcollinstn,

    Any particular kind of grease you recommend?

    Since I got you on the line, can I put anykind of lower unit oil in my gearcase or do you recommend only Mercury Hi Power stuff?


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