Starter Disengages Prematurely

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Bill Michigan
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#1 Starter Disengages Prematurely

Post by Bill Michigan » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:23 pm

Recently, my starter has begun disengaging as soon as the engine first fires but before it's fully running, thus requiring many attempts before the engine finally "catches." Is this fixable by an adjustment or repair, or should I just plan on replacing the entire starter?

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Bill
1963 S1 3.8L OTS Cotswold Blue
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#2 Re: Starter Disengages Prematurely

Post by lopena » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:07 pm

Bill:

You’ll need to pull the starter (admittedly somewhat a PITA) and look at the pinion gear and spring. These two items used to be readily available at a low cost (although I haven’t shopped for them in years). If the starter spins strongly (have it tested for free at Autozone) you may get away cheaply by replacing only the pinion or the spring (which sometimes breaks in half).

Good luck,
Alan

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#3 Re: Starter Disengages Prematurely

Post by Bill Michigan » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:34 pm

Thanks, Alan. That broken spring theory sounds very likely, since the problem wasn't progressive but rather, came on all of a sudden.

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