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    Water in Bendix

    I have a 1999 Polaris Genesis, fuel injected. I was having trouble with low power and engine sutting out. Took it to shop. They said it wouldn't start and needed a new starter and bendix. They wanted more to do that than the thing is worth (maybe), so I brought it home and found that indeed the starter was not cranking the engine. Pulled it all apart and there is water in the Bendix flywheel case. I assume that is not normal? Should I repalce both the starter and bendix at this point? Do I have to pull the engine to do it?


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    There should not be water inside the flywheel housing. You do need to remove the flywheel cover and the flywheel, and repair/replace the rusty items.

    Make sure the stator and the flywheel itself are not damaged. Check the flywheel magnets for cracks or damage.

    You also need to figure out how the water got in there and fix that too.

    The FFI Genesis has a water cooling jacket on the flywheel cover. Make sure all the seals and gaskets are in good shape.

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    Thanks for the quick reply. Sounds like I have my work cut out for me. I'm sure I will have other questions as I go along. I assume I will have to pull the engine out to get access to all of that?

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    Overall it is probably better to remove the engine to get at the front of the engine to work on it.

    I don't recall exactly how much room there is to work with the engine in the hull on the Genesis, but it might be doable.

    Keep track of how it all comes apart, and take lots of digital photos as you go. Label the parts baggies

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