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My starter went out on labor day (bummer hugh) while I was on the water. The starter will turn but the motor won't which sounds like the bendix (sp?). Can anybody give me an in depth and detailed how-to on how to do it? Its a new starter (put on last year) and I think the person who installed it did it wrong. I've done some research and I've read about shimming which sounds somewhat complicated. I've worked on a few motors in my life but never had the oppurtunity to work on a starter and would like to know what I would be getting in to. The motor is a 5.7L Mercruiser. Thanks in advance.

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Are you asking for advice on how to rebuild the starter? If that is what you need, I'd suggest taking the starter to an auto-electric shop and having them re-build it. Removing and replacing it will be a piece of cake.

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My starter went out on labor day (bummer hugh) while I was on the water. The starter will turn but the motor won't which sounds like the bendix (sp?). Can anybody give me an in depth and detailed how-to on how to do it? Its a new starter (put on last year) and I think the person who installed it did it wrong. I've done some research and I've read about shimming which sounds somewhat complicated. I've worked on a few motors in my life but never had the oppurtunity to work on a starter and would like to know what I would be getting in to. The motor is a 5.7L Mercruiser. Thanks in advance.

You may want to pull the starter and see if the bendix is free. Sounds like that is the problem since you say the starter is spinning. You should be able to grease the bendix and free it up. Typically dropping the starter is 2 bolts and 2 electrical connections.

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My starter went out on labor day (bummer hugh) while I was on the water. The starter will turn but the motor won't which sounds like the bendix (sp?). Can anybody give me an in depth and detailed how-to on how to do it? Its a new starter (put on last year) and I think the person who installed it did it wrong. I've done some research and I've read about shimming which sounds somewhat complicated. I've worked on a few motors in my life but never had the oppurtunity to work on a starter and would like to know what I would be getting in to. The motor is a 5.7L Mercruiser. Thanks in advance.

You may want to pull the starter and see if the bendix is free. Sounds like that is the problem since you say the starter is spinning. You should be able to grease the bendix and free it up. Typically dropping the starter is 2 bolts and 2 electrical connections.

Plus1.gif Should be no prob to free up the bendix and grease should keep it from freezing up again. Shimming shouldn't be necessary though, unless they had it shimmed orginally and forgot to put the shims back in. Dontknow.gif

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