Maintenance Matters

January 2001 Issue

So Long, Bendix

At half the weight and twice the cranking RPM, Sky-Tec’s lightweight starters are worth the upgrade price.

[IMGCAP(1)] Sooner or later, every starter on a Lycoming engine will do it, intermittently at first then every time you try to start the engine.

We’re talking about the failure of the Bendix drive to push the pinion out of its housing and into the flywheel’s ring gear. You hear the urgent whirrrrrrrrrr…but no engine cranking.  Other than cursing and squirting some lube down into the drive, there’s not much you can do, although some owners will nurse the thing along by using a screwdriver to manually back the drive onto the ring gear’s teeth.

Long term, you’ll need to either rebuild or repair the drive or replace the starter. One option that’s becoming increasingly popular is the lightw...

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