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Mower starter pinion gear won't stay on flywheel to start it

The mower has a 12.5 Br & Stratton engine/mod 289707 / type 1179-E1 /code 980529ZB. The starter gear won't stay up on the flywheel to start the engine. The starter just spins rapidly. I tried manually turning the pinion gear and engaging it wjith the flywheel, but as soon as I hit the starter, the gear drops back down and spins. Do I need to replace the starter? Is there a way I can fix this one?? Thanks! John

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You can actually just replace the starter bendix

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