How do I release a jammed starter motor on a Honda 1211 Hyrdrostatic Ride On mower?
Engine is always reluctant to start and occasionally starter motor seems to stick. Turning the ignition switch full off allows starter to renegade and eventually motor will start.
Today, starter appears to have stuck and won't disengage. When key is turned, just get a dull clonk noise and motor won't turn.
Battery is good and freshly charged.
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Turned out to be a sticky Bendix.
I turned the flywheel to disengage the starter and put a few drops of light oil around the shaft.
Starter motor now dis-engages every time."
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If your unit has OHV engine you need to check the intake and exhaust valve gap. Call your local repair shop to get numbers and check this website out. Go to smalleng.com they have a video for just what you are looking for. Good Luck...
You could have more than one problem so I will list the two most common. The compression release is built into valve train and if the valve adjustment is off, the starter motor will not turn the engine over under full compression. You will need to know the model no. of the engine to get the proper valve settings. Also, there have been flooding conditions with some of the carburetors that will cause the combustion chamber to fill with fuel and the engine will not turn over. Hope this is enough information to get you in the right direction.
Use a jumper cable from the battery to the post on the starter where the wire from the solonoid connects, if it spools up normal its the cable to the starter motor, if it continues to turn slow remove the starter and clean up the places where the starter and engine case contact each other (to ensure a good ground). If none of these solutions correct the issue the starter could be dragging and need to be replaced.
Logic would dictate that the starter motor is burning out, drawing far too much current, and that the current overheated the solenoid and toasted it. Now the starter is almost a short circuit and while it spins it has no power. A spendy part to be sure. Perhaps you can find a used one from your friendly neighborhood repair guy. A compression release is found on old diesel's, but not on gas engines. Starters can fail from cranking on them for extended periods. They are designed to handle short periods of use, maybe 20 seconds on followed by several minutes (like 15) off. If you have had starting problems and kept cranking to get it going that would explain the fried starter.
it sounds like the starter motor is pulling to many amps for the battery to cope with. if its a 12v system it should not pull the battery down to less than 8.5 volts on cranking if it does the starter-motor is defective you can check this with a volt meeter across the batteryterminals and see what it read as you crank the engine. hope this helps