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Snow thrower electric start spins but does not engage engi

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Snow thrower electric start spins but does not engage engine
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Chris replied 3 years ago.

Chris :

It sounds like your bendix is either broken or sticking. since it is a snowblower im guessing it is more than likley just sticking. Remove the starter and make sure everything around the gear moves freely

Expert:  Chris replied 3 years ago.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

OK. I've removed the starter. I assume the bendix is the part of the starter that protrudes, and has a toothed gear on the end that meshes with the like teeth on the engine gear. Correct?

 

If so, it is rusty and the teeth are broken. I assume this is the problem.

 

There is a plastic cap on the end of the bendix which if I can get it off, I guess I'll be able to replace the bendix itself?? It doesn't seem to want come off easily. Will a new one come with the new bendix (I may breae the plastic cap getting it off) Or do I need to replace the whole starter?

 

Also seems odd that the teeth/gear is rusty. Shouldn't these be covered with grease??

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
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Expert:  Chris replied 3 years ago.

I was just looking for a pic for you, couldn't find one good one. The bendix disengages the starter after the engine is running. You can just replace the bendix, providing you can get it off. There should be grease on the inside of the toothed gear. Over time grease does dry up, snowblowers spend allot of time sitting, depending on where you live, maybe years.

The bendix itself is about 20 dollars. A new starter will be a ready to use bolt on deal.

If you provide me with the info off of your engine i would be glad to look up those parts for you and give you some options.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks Chris.

 

It's a Tecumseh 8.5HP -- Here's all the numbers:

 

Model: LH318SA

Spec: 156571H

Dom: 04189CH0812

Engine Family: 4TPXS.3182BF

Displacement: 318cc

 

About the plastic cap. OK if it breaks getting it off?

Expert:  Chris replied 3 years ago.

Today is your lucky day. I found you a video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VprSphnQqk



Edited by Chris on 11/7/2010 at 7:34 PM EST
Expert:  Chris replied 3 years ago.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks - I had to step away

 

You've been quite helpful

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