||02-09-2013 01:17 PM
Electric start quit working. Spins but does nothing.
Well yesterday is the last day my electric start worked in my snow blower. The last thing I did is I hit a piece of wood that got lodged in the auger which stalled the engine. When it first happened, I didn't see it do I tried to start it again and I got it started and could engage the auger but then noticed I could smell rubber burning and so I shut it off. I then found the wood lodged in the auger.
Well, I still smell some burning rubber on the snow blower, but everything works except the electric start and I can't figure out why anything rubber would have anything to do with the electric start.
A little bit ago, I took the electric starter off the snow blower and plugged it in and pushed the start button and the motor spins. When I put it back on the snow blower I can still push the button and I still hear the starter spin, but it doesn't turn over the engine.
Looking at the gears they look fine. The starters gear looks brand new and the gear on the flywheel looks fine in my opinion. If there was damage to the flywheel gear, it would make sense it would be all chipped up, missing teeth, inconsistent... But it looked fine, consistent gears and no chips. Starting it with the pull start would've moved the gear so using the electric start would be on different teeth.
Also I was able to spin the flywheel gear by hand so its not stuck.
So it only makes sense to me that the starter is too far away from the flywheel gear. So it seems like my starter just needs to be closer. But I don't want to modify the bracket. I'd rather keep everything factory specs.
FYI. The pull start works fine. It pulls and starts the engine.