just got the speedster home, the starter now wont crank, just whrils, any ideas?
Bendix issue would be my guess, or teeth missing on the ring gear.
It could be that your ring gear is missing some teeth. Turn the engine over a little with the crank and see if the starter cranks now. Also, the bendix gear weight could have come off the gear, the key and drive bolt could have sheared off, or the spring broke.
I'd try the hand crank it to a new position thing first to eliminate the ring gear. (easiest to try). Obviously the bendix cover it next because some thing's gone bad there. If it's fallen apart make sure all the stuff is in the can/cover and hasn't gone south into the engine.
Sounds like the bendix spring has broken or the bolt holding the spring has come out or broken.
Remove the bendix cover and inspect. Hopefully, any broken parts will be in the cover and not fallen into the crankcase. Be sure to find them all. If they fall down they could cause magneto or transmission problems.
When you remove the bendix cover do yourself a HUGE favor and slot the upper inner hole and gasket.
Start that screw with the cover off so you can slip the cover under the screw head instead of swearing yourself to hell trying to start that screw with the cover ON.
That's a tip I got here at mtfca.......
Hey guys, took the bendix cover off, woodriff key? wasnt in the assemble, just spinning on shaft, fixed now part was 30 cents thanks
better make sure its not in the bottom of the pan!
"took the bendix cover off, woodriff key? wasnt in the assemble"
Was everything else in place?
everything was in place, found the old half shaped key also. that is one weird starter, lol, 2 bolts on the "spring", was loose also. still looking to aquire a speedstewr body, any ideas? thanks
Make sure the locking tab washers are in place. Best to use new ones as bending the old ones makes the bend weak and will allow the screws to back out when the tab breaks off in use.