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Old 03-14-2013, 11:24 PM   #1
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Starter problems

So I am still having problems with my starter in my 1989 Winnebago elandan.
When I go to start it it makes a whirring sound like this MGB Whirring Noise Take 2 - YouTube.

If any one has any ideas let me know.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:36 AM   #2
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If you have a big block Chev, under the floorboards , my money is on a bad bendix drive ,or poor starter alignment . Hopefully it hasn't damaged the ring gear.
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The bendix is not throwing the gear out to engage the flywheel. On some starters the solenoid will shift the gear to the flywheel. The sound is the Starter motor running. Take the starter out , clamp it in a vice. Then test it using jumper cables. Black goes to - post on battery and to the case of the battery. The red goes to the + side of the battery. Now just touch the red lead to the large threaded post on the solenoid .the motor will try to run and you can see if the gear is being thrust out in the direction of where the flywheel would be. ( Its easier to take it to O reilly auto parts and have them test it for you.)
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:28 AM   #4
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I'm with Skip426 and JRNOLL. Certainly sounds reminiscent of a broken bendix or solenoid that throws the bendix into the flexplate/flywheel.

Could also be a spot on the flexplate/flywheel missing a few teeth or just worn badly in one area due to poor starter alignment in the past. If you had the means to turn the engine over just 20 degrees or so by hand using the large bolt on the crank.. then try starting again.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:11 AM   #5
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+2 on the bendix issue. You can take the starter cover off (once you remove it from the engine bay) and sometimes just a good cleaning of the brushes& spring will solve your problem. If not, you can probably find a "rebuild kit" for it. Take some good pictures if you take it off and post them here and you'll get through it.
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Just realized that the sound clip is of a British car, hard to compare the sound of the starter on a 1800cc 4cly engine , with a Lucas starter, to anything in the RV world.JMHO.
But I'm still saying bendix drive , the starter has to come out.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:38 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your responses. I will be pulling the Starter out this weekend. I know the sound is from a really small engine in comparison, but the sound is the same a whirring wind up sound.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:27 PM   #8
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Update

So I was able to determine that the sound came from the starter and went ahead and pulled it out. I took it to pepboys and they tested it. It failed the test, so I bought a new one. While I was pulling out the starter I also checked on the spark plug wires and determined that they need to be replaced. So the next step is to replace the spark plug wires with a better quality, higher heat resistance, wire. And then also replace the spark plugs themselves.
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