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Old 03-23-2013, 08:17 PM
starlifter-fe starlifter-fe is offline
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My Honda GXV530 did exactly the same thing, and it was the starter solenoid. Strangely enough, the starter winding are initially energized at less than full voltage until the solenoid has pulled the pinion gear COMPLETELY into the flywheel teeth, and only then applies full voltage for cranking! This spins the pinion gear just enough to help it mesh with the flywheel, but not enough to grind it against the stationary flywheel! The voltage at the starter winding is initially reduced by momentarily running it in series with 1/2 of the solenoid's coil, but is then connected by the solenoid directly to the battery for cranking at full power. (Explanation courtesy Denso Corporation Japan)
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