Changing Starter on 8.1

Discussion in 'Gas Engines/Drives/Transmissions/Props' started by Windjammer, May 23, 2020 at 7:21 PM.

  1. Windjammer

    Windjammer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    495
    Nov 10, 2007
    Marietta, GA
    340 Sundancer 2006
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives
    2006 340DA 8.1 V-Drives. Pressed start button (port engine) and starter motor spins but the bendix gear does not engage. I can see and it looks like I can get to this without a tremendous amount of effort..but experience has shown things are not as always as easy as they look.
    Looks like the correct Part Number is 50-808011A05, and only a couple of bolts holding this in.
    Anyone here replaced this before? Any "gotcha's" I should look out for? I do remember in the old auto days, you could whack the starter housing with a hammer and it would sometimes work..Any other ideas or suggestions?
     
  2. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    I've swapped the starter motors before on my 8.1's trying to eliminate an electrical glitch. This is very easy since they are at the top of the motors. Two bolts and electrical and its done. I'd remove it and take it to an electrical repair shop for repair!
     
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  3. Windjammer

    Windjammer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    495
    Nov 10, 2007
    Marietta, GA
    340 Sundancer 2006
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives
    Back in the boat this afternoon..pulled the starter. Bendix gear looks ok, and cleaned the electrical connectors, thinking just "maybe", but no soap...put it back together and it spins but Bendix does not engage...
     
  4. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    It’s the solenoid on the starter. You may be able to have it replaced separately. Or rebuilt?
     
  5. Windjammer

    Windjammer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    495
    Nov 10, 2007
    Marietta, GA
    340 Sundancer 2006
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives
    I think I'll just order a new starter on Tuesday, then see if the old one can be rebuilt and keep it as a spare...
     
  6. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Check out DB electrical. I have purchased starters and alternators from them in the past and they have good prices. For the price of OEM you could probably pickup three from them. Find them online or on ebay. Oh and they are Marine starters.

    -Kevin
     
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