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Old 12-09-2015, 15:49   #1
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Westerbeke 44B starter problems

I'm having problems staring my 44B. When I depress the preheat button, I hear the preheat solenoid engage and click, then when I depress the start button, I hear the starter begin to spin, and it stays spinning as long as I hold the start button down. If I put my hand on the starter motor, I can feel it spin. I don't hear any other clicking, etc. the start battery is new, it holds a 12v+ charge pretty well. When the starter spins, I don't feel or see any indications of anything on the actual engine spinning or engaging . I think maybe the starter engage solenoid is not functioning.
Is there any way to test it in place?
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Old 12-09-2015, 16:41   #2
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

I think you already have.
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Old 12-09-2015, 16:52   #3
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

What's not working is the starter drive. The pinion gear on the starter is supposed to sling out and engage the flywheel ring gear when the starter motor turns. It's probably full of gunk or just worn out.
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Old 12-09-2015, 16:56   #4
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

Unfortunately your throw out is seized. Not hard to fix except its probably a pain to pull out starter motor, I have reconditioned many starter motors for people and have always found once they start having problems they need a strip down every 6 months unless your using it often like starting it once a week. I always sugest buying a new one if your budget alows. Very important to see if there is any water leaks as this will cause your problem within a month of not starting motor.

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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

Have you tried the time honoured trick of giving it a good thump with a decent sized block of wood.

Not a permant fix but it does at times, give surprisingly good results.
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Unfortunately your throw out is seized. Not hard to fix except its probably a pain to pull out starter motor, I have reconditioned many starter motors for people and have always found once they start having problems they need a strip down every 6 months unless your using it often like starting it once a week. I always sugest buying a new one if your budget alows. Very important to see if there is any water leaks as this will cause your problem within a month of not starting motor.

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The motor has 5 hours on it, except for the fact it sat for two years or so. Is there any way to "unseize" it in place, or am I going to have to pull it?
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Old 12-09-2015, 19:02   #7
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

You have to pull it out , it gets a film of rust on the shaft so you have to clean it with fine sandpaper untill it is polished then grease it. Its from lack of use and no grease from when new.

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Old 12-09-2015, 19:17   #8
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

If you need any advice on removal ect I can help, the hardest part is normally access, with half decent access it should take less than half an hour to remove , and half an hour to fix problem, 15 mins to reinstall

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Have you tried the time honoured trick of giving it a good thump with a decent sized block of wood.

Not a permant fix but it does at times, give surprisingly good results.
This will nearly always work to get you out of the **** but you still must service the startermotor . I normally hit hard with a shifter or peice of steel as it needs a fair shock, this gets stuck brushes and stuck solenoid going but not normally a stuck throw out as in your case. Note you will dent the startermotor hitting it but such is life, note dont hit it on the cast aluminium to hard as it may crack.try for the steel around the motor casing.

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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

Ok, so pricing new starter- Westerbeke OEM $760. Mitsubishi starter that fits @$350-$500. Then I find this NEW OEM MITSUBISHI STARTER MOTOR WESTERBEKE MODEL 8.0WMD 10.0BTDA 11.0BTD 030593 - Newegg.com
Anyone bought from Newegg before? $162 for a new starter... If it's too cheap, it raises alarms.
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

I wouldn't suggest beating on it. Are you planning to use the boat regularly...ie...full time, seasonally each year? then pull it and clean and lube the the through out gear and assembly. if you plan on using the boat once in a while. buy a new one and lube it before you install it.

remember one thing that applies to every material thing on this planet. The less you use it, the faster it ages. Hell it works the same way with your body.
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

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Ok, so pricing new starter- Westerbeke OEM $760. Mitsubishi starter that fits @$350-$500. Then I find this NEW OEM MITSUBISHI STARTER MOTOR WESTERBEKE MODEL 8.0WMD 10.0BTDA 11.0BTD 030593 - Newegg.com
Anyone bought from Newegg before? $162 for a new starter... If it's too cheap, it raises alarms.
The starter is not usually one of the marinized parts so if you can get it for 169. buy it. take your old one out , clean it and keep as a spare. I have had my starter on my Westerbeke 42 B rebuilt for $120 and then found a new one for $149. Don't buy from Westerbeke unless it's one of their proprietary parts. BTW, I painted the hell out of the new starter before putting it in.
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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

I agree with Mark. Ive used plenty of the cheap ones and factory expensive ones, paint them grease them up , use them regularly , keep salt water away from them and they last about the same time. ( Note for other readers, if you have a petrol inboard they sometimes use different starter motors that are less likely to arc and ignite fumes )

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Re: Westerbeke 44B starter problems

Just to let you know what am going through I have a 44b same problem as well. It was a pain to get the starter out take both water hoses off then you won't swear as much as I did I bought the starter from real electric. For 189.00 and free shipping will be here this Friday my old starter is being rebuilt as a spare probably be as expensive as the new one ?? Don't forget your can of red spray paint Click image for larger version

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