Originally Posted by Kettlewell
With the cost of a new starter it might be worth it shipping
it to someplace willing to rebuild
it. The fact that the engine turns is a good sign.
You should be able to get to those cylinders either by taking the head off or pulling the injectors, then you can suck the water out with a vacuum and run some clean oil down there a few times to flush moisture out. If you have the starter working or you can crank by hand you can turn it over to expel any water. Have to do this
Kettlewell--NO! He said above that the engine will not go beyond what he calls top dead center. Sure, he may need to rebuild the starter...maybe but he is risking his engine trying to force it to turn.
I agree with you about maybe having to pull the head off. Years ago a friend had problems with a 20HP or so Yanmar
. His instruction from Mack Boring was to loosen the injector clamps, NOT REMOVE THEM, crank the engine and the compression
then pops the injector. Cannot do that in this case because the engine will not make a complete revolution. By the way, Mack Boring stressed it was important to keep the injector holding bracket on the injector but loose of course. They warned the safety
issues without the holding bracket, the injectors will launch themselves with enough force that if it hit someone in the head it could kill them.
I think the OP is screwed, my guess is he will have to pull the head. And teh longer he waits, the more damage that will occur if that water is raw sea water. JMHO
Back to the starter-- the chances favor that his starter has a solenoid. After he resolves his water ingestion problem that would be a good time to try bypassing the solenoid. I really doubt he destroyed the starter but poop still happens.