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Electric Starter - Close but no cigar...

I managed to fix the broken mounting tab on my electric start for my Tecumseh 10HP MTD machine. I installed it yesterday and used Loctite on the mounting bolts and let it cure 24hrs so it would hold steady. I tried it today and it spins fine but does not want to engage. I am guessing the cogs are not in line with the flywheel. No grinding sound by the way. All I know is something isn't right. Anyone have an idea what I should try next before I buy a new starter? PS - It worked fine before the mounting tab for one of the bolts snapped off of it the other day.
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What about physically removing the flywheel housing cover and watching what the problem is? Engage the starter, disengage, seeing exactly what it's going on. Then loosening the starter bolts and with your hand move the starter a little too see if it makes a difference. You can even remove the starter, put it on the ground and engage it to see if you see anything going on.

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What about physically removing the flywheel housing cover and watching what the problem is? Engage the starter, disengage, seeing exactly what it's going on. Then loosening the starter bolts and with your hand move the starter a little too see if it makes a difference. You can even remove the starter, put it on the ground and engage it to see if you see anything going on.
Yes. The housing is just four bolt right? I should do that. Sometimes the upper finger tabs get bent a bit and that could be the issue. The machine is starting up fine with the pull start by the way so it's not real urgent but it would be nice to have it for backup when it's really cold and hard to start.

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Biggest thing I can think of is whether the mount was flat when it was welded back on or not. If so it should be aligned, if not it won't work right.
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Biggest thing I can think of is whether the mount was flat when it was welded back on or not. If so it should be aligned, if not it won't work right.
Yeah I am kind of feeling that's the issue. Removing the shroud will reveal that. Too bad. The starter still turns really strong.
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You said the starter spins fine and there is "no grinding" noise. It sounds like the bendix is sticking to the shaft and not sliding forward to the flywheel. Maybe a shot of wd-40 and or a good cleaning of the bendix ?

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Funny, this seems like the same issue (minus the broken Tab, Mine seized up!)I'm having with my Tecumseh 5.5 Craftsman. I started a thread in the craftsman section!
One of the guys in the thread I started said to look for a tab on the shroud before remounting the starter which I haven't done anything on it yet because of the rain storm we have right now!
Does you starter seem to want to start it but the gears aren't engaging the flywheel? Cause mine is
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You said the starter spins fine and there is "no grinding" noise. It sounds like the bendix is sticking to the shaft and not sliding forward to the flywheel. Maybe a shot of wd-40 and or a good cleaning of the bendix ?
Grunt, when you say the Bendix, you mean the actual gear right?
Mine is starting out in the forward position and then as power is applied it slides back!
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Funny, this seems like the same issue (minus the broken Tab, Mine seized up!)I'm having with my Tecumseh 5.5 Craftsman. I started a thread in the craftsman section!
One of the guys in the thread I started said to look for a tab on the shroud before remounting the starter which I haven't done anything on it yet because of the rain storm we have right now!
Does you starter seem to want to start it but the gears aren't engaging the flywheel? Cause mine is
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Yeah. Same kind of problem but a different type of starter though. Mine just spins like it isn't grabbing onto anything. Just a whirr sound. The tab I repaired on the housing is probably off just enough so the cogs are not aligned with the flywheel teeth.

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starter gear teeth come out to engage flywheel when power is applied and retracts when de- energized, is that what u observe

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