Does anyone know the purpose of this little spring under the counterweight of the Bendix gear? (inside black circle)
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Its called an Anti Drift Pin. It helps keep the gear all the way retracted when you are not using the starter. Something I learned from this forum a couple of years ago.
Good answer. Makes sense. I should have looked for a previous post. Thanks John, Mark, and Ron. I stay awake nights thinking about these things.