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    Starter does not enage Bendix

    This my first jet ski.I have 2000 Polaris SLH that the starter spins but no enagement to engine. The jet ski has not run in 4 years.Can someone give same advice.
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    well. the starter could be weak or rusted, and not turning the bendix fast enough to engage the flywheel. or the flywheel nut is loose and the bendix doesnt hit the flywheel, or the battery is weak.. use a fully charge battery. or the bendix is sticking because it lost its lubrication. or the gears are gone. A bad ground could cause the starter not to turn fast enough to get the bendix to spin up onto the flywheel too.

    Charge battery, clean connections, check wiring for looseness, then maybe pop off the stator cover and take a look at whats goin on in there.

    Does it just whirl like its spining fast? The bencix could be stuck up in its up position and never came back down. like its stuck.

    Is the starter bolts in it? is it in all the way? I cant see it, so you need to check every aspect of it.. theres a positive cable going to it, 2 bolts securing it in place. theres 2 o-rings on the end of it that goes into the hole where the bendix gear is.. thats about it.. the bendix pretty much just sits in the stator cover and the end of it sits in a bronze sleeve in the cover..

    Have you heard any metallic sounds? like somethings banging around in there? my flywheel nut was half off on mine and the starter just spun like yours is.

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    Funny, I'm having exactly the same problem. Brand new fully charged battery, good ground, whirring like made. Pulled the pipe, fuel tank, hood, oil tank, the works. Bendix seems good and is full of lube. Starter whirrs like mad on the bench and appears to be almost brand new. Does the Bendix assembly go bad? It pulls out by hand and moves freely.

    I snapped a bunch of pics I'll post to help others with familiar repairs.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by synner View Post
    Funny, I'm having exactly the same problem. Brand new fully charged battery, good ground, whirring like made. Pulled the pipe, fuel tank, hood, oil tank, the works. Bendix seems good and is full of lube. Starter whirrs like mad on the bench and appears to be almost brand new. Does the Bendix assembly go bad? It pulls out by hand and moves freely.

    I snapped a bunch of pics I'll post to help others with familiar repairs.

    cheers
    There's a spring that breaks on the bendix sometimes.

    Does the bendix retract if you spin the gear?

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    id say your bendix is bad , if you hold it up side down ( big end on top little end on bottom ) does it slide down ? if your give it a little twist will it move ?

    starters and bendix 's are cheap they are used on alot of different models as well not only from polaris

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    Quote Originally Posted by synner View Post
    I snapped a bunch of pics I'll post to help others with familiar repairs.

    did you ever have a chance to snap those pics? would be helpful to see them.

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    I've got the same issue can I get at the bendix w/o taking the engine out??

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    94 Polaris 750 slt I can get to the flywheel but can't get the cover off

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    I have a couple bendixs I'll sell. 15.00 each.

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