94 SP - Starter cranks for a sec then whirs. PITA starting. Bendix?

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Title says it all - One of my skis has always been cranky (no pun intended). It usually would only crank for a second or 2, then just spin the starter, almost as if the bendix only wanted to help out for a revolution or so. I would have to what for the spin to die completly down to try again, or else it would just spin more. Waiting till it was silent would get me another crank or 2 before the spinning noise started again. It seems this 'starter engaging' part of the process has been decreasing over the past few months, till I probably get a revolution from the motor. It's hard to start it that way.

Is that the bendix? I looked at youtube videos, and they don't sounds the same.

-rj
 


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It could be the bendix but a weak starter that isn't spinning fast or powerful enough can do the same thing.
First check simple things like battery voltage.
 
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X2 on the battery voltage. Put the battrry on a 2 amp charge over night and give it another try.

If that doesn't solve it then pulling the starter and doing some checks is the next step.

One thing to remember, if you think you need a new starter, is to hang on the the original starter. If your starter is white and has a "denso" marking on it DO NOT get rid of it. It is easy to put a new set of brushes into and a used OEM starter is always better than a new aftermarket.
 

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