Starter locking up. I pulled the bendix and spun the shaft to see if it was strait. It wobbles about 1/4". Maybe just a little less. Is that acceptable?
Also. Here is a pic of the bendix. Sorry, it's a bit blurry, but the wear is smooth and looks to be a 45 degree angle. Never seen a new one.
I also took some pics of the teeth on the ring gear, what I could see from they meet the bendix.
I used my I4 phone, so not spectacular pics.
Someone please tell me that the ring gear is fine!
I have posted pictures here before. I guess I'm only smart once a week or something.
Nope, the shaft must be dead on straight.
" It wobbles about 1/4". Maybe just a little less. Is that acceptable? "
Not at all acceptable. Check to see if the housing snout is bent as well, wouldn't be surprised if it is.
It's a little hard to tell from your photos, but it kinda looks like the starter ring gear was installed backwards. The gear teeth on one side of the ring gear should have a small gash cut in the edge of the tooth. That is the side that should face the bendix gear. Those gashes allow the bendix gear to easily engage with the starter ring. If this is the case, it would explain your lock-up issues and also the way the ring gear teeth look sort of messed up.
Again, it's hard to say for sure from your pictures.