Starter nose bushing completely gone

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  1. Gygeneral

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    Took my starter because this summer it was spinning freely once in a while. What I found is the nose bushing completely disintegrated. This starter was restored 5 yrs ago. Any ideas on what would cause this. Starter bolts/nut was tight when removed. Pic is the metal found in the cup in the bellhousing cavity and of the starter.

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  2. 493 Mike

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    Out of round ring gear? Defective bushing?
    Mike
     
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    Excessive load from the engine? Compression or too much initial advance?
    Or bushing was just not good? (tight/loose)
     
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    Interesting, have you guys ever seen this happen.
     
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    Some good points already made, but to better understand your specifics, a few questions:

    1) little more info on engine?
    2) did the starter sound 'normal' initially as it rotated the engine, or was there a change in sound as it spun?
    3) when you say restored do you mean a shop rebuilt the starter?
    4) did the engine kick back much when you'd go to start it?
     
  6. HALIFAXHOPS

    HALIFAXHOPS MSGT(ret) and MOPAR only distributor rebuilder! FBBO Gold Member

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    See if the started drive gear is bent. Had that once a loooong time ago.
     
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    Maybe use a locking compound when installing a new one, it might have been too loose in the housing and started to rotate with the shaft.
     
  8. Don Frelier

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    It's an oil impregnated bushing I don't think Lok tite will do any good.
     
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    HALIFAXHOPS MSGT(ret) and MOPAR only distributor rebuilder! FBBO Gold Member

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    They are press fit then burnished to expand them. Doubt that nose is good now.
     
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    I don't remember anymore what number Loctite locking compound (green fluid) it was but holy sh*t...did that work.
    Installing a coupling hub on a transmission input shaft, we were halfway pressing it on and it was locked in place. Had to use a oxy torch to get it removed again.
    Had to redo it and make sure it went straight on and into it's final location.
    But yeah, guess you should not need this, maybe the housing is worn as well.
     
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    • Fran Blacker

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      Had a front bushing come loose and jam in rear bushing. It click but not turn over. Almost put it back in but decided to clean it up and found the loose bendix bushing.
       
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      I was in contact today with the firm who rebuilt it 5 yrs ago, they offered to fix it for me, that was unexpected and I wasn't asking, so after the holidays I will send it to them. They did not offer any obvious reasons, they did mention the nose might not be usable anymore and the bendix is probably bent.
       
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      That sounds like the kind of outfit we'd all like to deal with. Hope it works out well for you.
       
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