Sean, Alan, anybody-
Opposite problem - our starter will NOT disengage from the flywheel.
Delco 110587 on Perkins
On starting for first time after relaunch, "solenoid stuck" we thought, but engine
started, and solenoid released.
**Solenoid problem - stuck as suspected
A week later, turned key, engine
did not start, starter did not shut off, ran for apparent eternity (3-4 minutes?) until I pulled battery
lead to shut off (long story why no battery
disconnect switch, but there will be one).
**Solenoid (the one that is mounted on the Perkins
or nearby, not the starter) stuck and sending juice to the starter until you pulled the lead.
came on, tried starter twice, second time it quit, as it was fried. Rebuilt on same day service
(Providence Auto Ignition in Cranston, RI, $150).
**It was tired. Mine died pretty easily when not operating properly too.
Working on boat for us are two friends, electrical
engineers, one with long experience working on boats and diesels.
Starter reinstalled (this is great fun on our boat).
*Great times on mine too. The best part is installing it several times in one year.
Turn key, engine turns, doesn't start, starter doesn't disengage. These guys tested everything I think. Ignition switch (good), removed starter, bench tested, solenoid operates normally. Reinstalled starter, tested, same problem.
**Engine turns, but doesn't start?? Why not? If the enging is turning/cranking and not starting (then destroying the still engaged starter) there is a problem. Your diesel
should start either way.
The best guess is that somehow the flywheel doesn't let go of the starter gear
. No idea why.
**Mine didn't let go due to the missing spacer. Check and DOUBLE CHECK that the rebuilt starter you got back included the spacer. That would cause the trouble you're describing.
The starter is one year old, gears appear OK. They were careful to check alignment on reinstallation, even slightly loosened bolts to allow play.
**Bad idea. Don't loosen the bolts to allow play. Could cause some serious problems with your flywheel.
This starter worked fine all last season used almost every day. It sat for six months, nobody touched it.
Any ideas or suggestions or sources. This is Sunday, the friends will try again around 1:00 today, and we will have access to the yard mechanic
Monday if not booked up (he has been).
**Still think that you had 2 problems. First, the original starter crapped out with a stuck solenoid or stuck solenoid in the starter circuit mounted on the Perkins. Then... you may have got a starter back from rebuild
without the ever important spacer.
Very depressed, going nuts in Wickford RI, thanks for reading.
**I hear that. I thought sailing was supposed to be fun?? I'm stuck in Long Island
depressed that I just ripped my batten pockets on my main and can't get to where you are located right now!
What's up with this weather
. I need a window to get up to Maine
Regards, Neill and Donna