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On a 1996 75hp force boat engine. why would the bendix not stay ingaged with the flywheel untill the engine starts. it jumps up and turns the flywheel but jumps right back out.

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Starter is weak.

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The spinning that you are hearing is the bendix spinning there is a
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If this spring is weak or broke the bendix cant engage furthermore if the teeth on the bendix are broke or chipped or the teeth on the fly wheel are chipped or broke -this will not allow the bendix to engage or start to turn the motor ok so i would have these things checked out ok?
I hope that this is very helpful for you best regards
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