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Old 03-19-2013, 01:20 PM
bsparr bsparr is offline
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Honda 24 Starter Issue

I am having issues with the starter on my 24hp Honda. The gear on the starter occasionaly will not line up with the fly wheel. I have had the mower at the shop and they have tried replacing the starter but that did not resolve the issue. About 1 out of 3 tries the starter gear will hit the bottom of the fly wheel because the gears will not line up. Any suggestions.
Old 03-22-2013, 09:01 AM
Downunder Bob Downunder Bob is offline
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Mine did the same thing.
I changed the starter and found it wasn't't long before it wouldn't't engage properly so I tried a little "Morey's" oil on the gear and shaft.
If you have never heard of it, it's a very heavy and sticky oil additive.
Any heavy gear oil should work but remember don't use too much just a couple of drops.
For some reason "Morey's" worked better than grease, not sure why but so far so good.

Old 03-23-2013, 09:17 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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