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Old September 27th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #1
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Starter bendi isues.

I figured I would post this here as this site gets lotsa trafic. I have a 2010 800 Ranger. Its the same engine as the RZR. I have been having isues with the starter not engaging the flywheel and I asume its the bendix. I have to hit the starter 10-20 times before it will crank over. It just free spins with no load. I wanted to remove the bendix and disasemble and clean it and regrease it but it wont clear the fly wheel and I realy dont wana have to build a puller to remove it if I dont have to. Is there a way to clean and regrease it where it sits or am I stuck removing the flywheel?
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Old September 27th, 2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

I removed my starter and sprayed white lithium grease through opening for a quick fix.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 08:57 PM   #3
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

Ya after posting is I did a search and found your thread on the same isue. I have the engine cover off and can lube it better from teh inside. Spraying grease threw the starter hole wont do anything but spray it grease all over the flywheele. The bendix is a semi sealed unit that is only open twards the oposite side of the starter. Lucaly the engine is out in the open on my ranger and it takes less than 5 minutes to get the engine cover off so I may try greasing it from the inside and see if it helps.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 09:29 PM   #4
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

Ok I think I am having the same problem with my 08 std 800. So if i am understanding you correctly the only way to get the starter off is to remove the engine cover.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #5
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

No. Removing the starter will not do any good. The bedix is a seperate peice that is behind the flywheel cover. The starter comes off in abought 30 seconds with only a couple bolts but there is nothing wrong with the starter, its the bendix that is the problem. On my ranger I can get rite at the flywheel cover and have it off in abought 5 minutes. The way I understand it on teh RZRs the only way to get at that cover is to remove the engine. Simply spraying lube threw the hole created by removing the starter will only coat the flywheel and outside cover of the bedix but the lube is needed on the inside of the bendix. The only way to get lube there is to get at it from teh cover side. I have read that some people replace there bendix but to do that you have to remove teh flywheel and I dont intend on doing that.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 07:52 AM   #6
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

If you don't mind, could you post up some pics of this? I'm
Sure we would all appreciate it.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #7
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Will do.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #8
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

The engine side cover off showing the flywheel.


The starter is visible on top and the bedix is the gear on top of teh flywheel.


I manualy cranked out the bendix. If you look real close you can see where it opened up out of its case. This is where the grease would need to go to do any good.


Here you can see the outer shell of the bendix and the ring gear on it that the starter drives. This is as far out as you can get it without removing teh flywheel.


Spraying grease in threw the hole would only manage to get grease all over the outside of the bendix and adventualy the flywheel and stator.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 09:13 PM   #9
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

Can't you rent a puller from autozone??
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

Harmonic balancer puller will work.

OEM/Harmonic balancer puller set (27019) | Harmonic Balancer Puller | AutoZone.com
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

I am a CNC Machinist so I will build what ever puller I need, takes me 5 minutes to do at work but Ime lazy. As far as auto zone. I live in the sticks. There is no such thing around here. At least an hour drive to the nearest such place. If greasing it dont work I will build the puller and remove the flywheel and disasemble the bedix, clean it, regrease, and reinstall. Like I said its only a 5 minute job to get to this point on my Ranger. Luckaly there is a O ring seal on the cover so no gaskets to mess with replacing.
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keep us posted how the grease works,please
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

Thanks for the pics! I've been dealing with the bendix not engaging for a long time. But for me, it always engages when cold and only fails at random when hot. Most of the time it will engage on the second try but it never takes more than three trys. If its just a matter of lube, then why is it temperature dependant for me. If i am to go thru the hassle of having to pull the motor, and flywheel just to lube it, then I'm going to just put a new bendix on.
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Thank you! May try and sneak this in without removing motor
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Old September 29th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #15
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Re: Starter bendi isues.

Same issue here, when mines hot a 2nd or 3rd try is needed.
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