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Old 16-03-2012, 19:57   #16
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Re: Piece of Broken Starter in Engine

I have never seen a diesel engine kick back(just lucky i guess) and there are not that many ways in which a diesel could kick back anyway,,,you might experience something similar if there is a flat spot in the commutator of the starter motor,as this would cause a non voltage spot in the starter which would act very much like kick back on a gasoline motor.


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How common is kickback? In 40 years of owning diesels I have never had that problem nor heard of it. I wonder if the rebuild shop was doing a little of CYA because they didnt know what the problem was? A few years ago I had a Yanmar starter rebuilt at a local shop, and when I put it back on it sounded horrible. I took it back to them and they discovered that they had put the wrong gear on it. They were good about correcting the problem, but it could have done major damage if it had been used for any length of time. And Oh Yes, I am very familiar with kickback in old hand crank gas engines. _____Grant.
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Old 16-03-2012, 20:36   #17
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Re: Piece of Broken Starter in Engine

Many bell housings are tight quarters but often have a "sump" at the bottom to permit junk to accumulate safely. This might keep the part out of harms way. Also good points about an access port.
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Old 16-03-2012, 22:52   #18
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Re: Piece of Broken Starter in Engine

try Harbor Freight,
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This is something i was given as a present and would of never bought myself.......seem to use it all the time.
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Old 16-03-2012, 23:28   #19
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Re: Piece of Broken Starter in Engine

A useful bit of kit for you long distance sailing guys where electric is precious is a Spring starter, No batteries required for starting. I used them for years with great success on big plant diesels.
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Re: Piece of Broken Starter in Engine

I just bought another starter from Masco, a high torque gear reduction. there is no nose piece on it to crack, the gear is supported by the shaft. When talking to them they mentioned about the cheap Chineese starters braking the nose piece. It was all them I never mentioned my problems to them.This starter looks really good, different but good.
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Re: Piece of Broken Starter in Engine

Deborahlee, I presume you have refitted the new starter by now, if anyone else has a broken nose cone you can usually get all the broken pieces out by using a magnet on a flexispring handle(sold in most chandlers) just keep fishing until all the pieces are out of the bottom of the bell housing and accounted for.. Because it's such a critical piece of kit I only buy top quality, preferably Bosch The previous blog I posted about spring starters is well worth investigation, if you 'Google' Spring starters it will take you to the link.
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Re: Piece of Broken Starter in Engine

I decided to install the Masco starter and save the Yanmar just in case. It has been in over a month now and used an average of more than once a day. It has been working extremly well better than the OEM. It bolted right up no changes had to be made. So far I would get another one but don't think I'll need to.
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Quick update. Season is over and the new Masco started I installed has worked extremly well. Appears to have more torque and starts engine quicker. This is an aftermarket starter not a knock off. It has a different design but mounts with no problem or changes and nooo broken pieces. Over 300 starts.
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