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    2000 GP1200R Won't Turn Over

    Ok a little background info. I had an exhaust coupler bust on me and flooded the hull with salt water last year. I since fix the problem and rode the ski a few times before putting it away for the winter. When winterizing it I tried cranking it over to get any water out of the exhaust and the starter felt like it was locked up. I ended up spraying fogging oil in all the cylinders, pumping antifreeze into the water passages, and put the ski away for the winter.

    So now I am trying to prep it for the season. Pulled the starter and it was very rusty and difficult to turn over by hand. I installed a replacement starter SBT part # 39-406. The new starter had a different face plate with a protruding boss and o-rings and my old starter just had a flat face plate. Its been a while since I had the motor out and apart so I don't remember, but I think the original starter has a removable piece like this. It seems to be stuck in my engine block. So I swapped face plates on the starter and bolted it up. Go to turn the motor over and the starter just freewheels. Is something broken like the flywheel, or do I have a starter issue?

    Thanks in advance.


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    sounds like you will need to open up the front and replace the bendix too.

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    I searched the forum and this thread seems to support it...

    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=195176

    sounds like it may have rusted from the salt.


    Edit: Too bad Cajundudes tutorials are no longer around. I've been wishing I could go through a few of them again, like the one for rebuilding the carbs.

    If anyone happens to have copies, or knows how to get a hold of him to get them I would be willing to make threads on here so they are once again available to all.

    With his blessing of course.

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    Think thats stripped? Can it be done with the motor in the ski?

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    yes it can. nothing is striped in there , the starter do not touch the flywheel at all. your problem is a stuck bendix.

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    After looking over that thread I doubt it's strip, sounds like it's just stuck and won't engage. It seems like the bendix is just some type of gear that moves to connect between the starter and the flywheel, but I really don't have an experience with it and could be way off in left field.

    Edit: Sorry Mike, I'll let you take it from here. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by confused_15 View Post
    After looking over that thread I doubt it's strip, sounds like it's just stuck and won't engage. It seems like the bendix is just some type of gear that moves to connect between the starter and the flywheel, but I really don't have an experience with it and could be way off in left field.

    Edit: Sorry Mike, I'll let you take it from here. lol
    you are not way off on this field , you're actually pretty close .

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    Overnighted a new bendix. Anything else I should replace while I'm in there?

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    Got these tips from Grumpy_Old_Guy on the pwc forum:

    Don't hit starter when cover is off it may jam the starter clutch against the flywheel.

    Put a 2x4 under the motor when you take the front cover off.

    Its gonna hold the motor up when you take the front cover off as the front cover sets on the front motor mounts.

    good luck man

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    be 100% sure to clean the whole compartment, need to be free of dust , rust etc... there is a washer and spring on the front cover , make sure its there and the spring isn't broken. grease the two bushings where the bendix ride, both sides , i little grease on the bendix tooth were the starter run won't hurt, i spray a bit of wd40 on the stator coils itself before closing. it will help keep moisture out.

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