As part of the (ultimately successful) fishing expedition for my dropped transmission band spring earlier this week, I removed the Bendix and the starter. I noticed that the Bendix spring is bent, is this a problem? The starter had been working fine.
I have ordered a new spring, attaching screws, and washers, but I'm wondering if I should save the bent spring as a usable spare or not. Opinions??
The Spring I have no problem with but just in front of where the spring mounts It looks like you are missing a chunk of metal. Springs are available from napa (at least that's where I get mine) but it worries me that you may have loose metal somewhere!
Throw the bent spring away.
Make sure you are buying the correct spring, bolts and keepers. Some of the reproduction parts the suppliers are selling are not correctly made and cause problems, in some cases serious.
Give me a call if you need more details.
Ron the Coilman
I noticed that too, so I took a closer look.
It isn't broken, it looks like the pinion gear was made that way, maybe to make it hang the same way all the time on the spiral part of the Bendix shaft?
I can see nothing wrong with the drive gear counterweight. It it is a counterweight that allows the gear to move down the drive sleeve threads when the starting motor is energized.
Ron the Coilman
We make the bolts for bendix also the spring, let me know, Bob
Which system are you using? 12v or 6v When my car was a 12v it twisted the spring so that the bolt attachments were on opposite sides of the bendix shaft. I have since changed back to the original 6v. Jim Patrick
Jim, my car is 6V, negative ground.
I checked the starter shaft and it is straight, so I re-installed the starter this morning.
I'm not going to install the Bendix and Bendix cover until after I receive and install my brake equalizer, since the Bendix and Bendix cover would restrict access to the brake pedal linkage.
Thanks for all your help.
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