My electric starter is down. When I step on the button all I get is a grinding sound like the motor is turning but it's not engaging. Any ideas ?
Better pull the bendix cover off and have a look-see.
That happens to me often. Sometimes a sheared bolt. Or broken spring. Or the weight comes off the gear and I have to weld it back on again. That doesn't affect the hardness of the teeth (on my car at least) as they've been welded up and ground/filed to the shape of teeth.
Or a missing key in the starter shaft keyway. Without the key, all of the starter torque will be taken by the aft spring bolt, which will quickly shear.
Be sure to check the fit of the key in both the shaft and the Bendix drive head before installation. It is hard to see the key when installing the Bendix, and easy for the key to get pushed out of its keyway when sliding the Bendix onto the shaft.
thanks guys, i'll let you know what i find
you guys were right...spring broke. so while i'm under the car i find this cap nut but i can't find where it goes
Nut that holds the steering wheel onto the shaft.
Re-install and tighten before driving car.
Excellent advice Ron, as always.
didn't even notice it fell off. i searched the underside of my car trying to find where it came from
anyway, back to the starter, how much end play should the shaft that the spring goes on have ?