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    [inbox] Starter motor on 1983 Sundowner

    Hi Paul

    My C24R usually does this exact thing - at least from the time have owned
    it - about 8 years. I simply turn the key a few times and eventually it
    "catches" and turns the engine over. I tried at first to investigate what
    the cause is - it does start - I think one time I needed as well to turn the
    prop - but without a starter replacement being required I never did get to
    the cause but it has never let me down / has always started this way. Maybe
    it's one of those non-life-threatening glitches you live with as it costs
    less to do so.

    Ed Fitchett
    C-GBTC - Toronto

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    From: "Paul" <paul.sergeant@yahoo.com>
    To: <musketeermail@yahoogroups.com>
    Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2008 2:57 PM
    Subject: [inbox] [musketeermail] Starter motor on 1983 Sundowner


    Yesterday, after landing to refuel with cheaper 100LL at the self
    serve pumps in Mesquite TX, my Sundowner refused to start. When I
    turned the key, there was a fairly high-pitched whining sound, and the
    prop stayed still.

    It sounded like the starter motor was turning, but the gears were not
    engaged.

    After searching for a friendly person who volunteered to turn the prop
    for a manual start, I decided to try the starter one more time before
    hand-propping. It started normally, and I was able to return to my
    home base.

    It was 95 degrees at DFW yesterday. Is it possible that something was
    overheated from the hot day and heat soak while I refueled? Is there
    a solenoid to engage the starter motor onto the shaft like an old car
    that is going bad? I'm wondering how serious this is and could it
    leave me stranded somewhere.

    regards,
    Paul (49C)



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    [inbox] Starter motor on 1983 Sundowner

    Hi Everyone,



    I'm going to guess that you have a starter ring gear that is missing
    some teeth. The whine is generated by the starter because it is
    spinning up, but there is nothing to engage it. When you move the prop,
    you are moving to an area on the ring gear that has some teeth - it will
    start normally at this point.



    Just a guess -



    Best regards,



    Van Gray





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    Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2008 4:20 PM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com; Paul
    Subject: Re: [inbox] [musketeermail] Starter motor on 1983 Sundowner



    Hi Paul

    My C24R usually does this exact thing - at least from the time have
    owned
    it - about 8 years. I simply turn the key a few times and eventually it
    "catches" and turns the engine over. I tried at first to investigate
    what
    the cause is - it does start - I think one time I needed as well to turn
    the
    prop - but without a starter replacement being required I never did get
    to
    the cause but it has never let me down / has always started this way.
    Maybe
    it's one of those non-life-threatening glitches you live with as it
    costs
    less to do so.

    Ed Fitchett
    C-GBTC - Toronto

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Paul" <paul.sergeant@yahoo.com <mailtoaul.sergeant%40yahoo.com>
    >
    To: <musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    <mailto:musketeermail%40yahoogroups.com> >
    Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2008 2:57 PM
    Subject: [inbox] [musketeermail] Starter motor on 1983 Sundowner

    Yesterday, after landing to refuel with cheaper 100LL at the self
    serve pumps in Mesquite TX, my Sundowner refused to start. When I
    turned the key, there was a fairly high-pitched whining sound, and the
    prop stayed still.

    It sounded like the starter motor was turning, but the gears were not
    engaged.

    After searching for a friendly person who volunteered to turn the prop
    for a manual start, I decided to try the starter one more time before
    hand-propping. It started normally, and I was able to return to my
    home base.

    It was 95 degrees at DFW yesterday. Is it possible that something was
    overheated from the hot day and heat soak while I refueled? Is there
    a solenoid to engage the starter motor onto the shaft like an old car
    that is going bad? I'm wondering how serious this is and could it
    leave me stranded somewhere.

    regards,
    Paul (49C)





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