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Old 06-22-2019, 02:48 PM   #1
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Took the '40 out for a run today and had a few stop to make. All was going well until I tried to start up after stopping at a store and there was nothing but a clicking sound. I have notice a couple times there was a whirling sound and then the starter kicked in. This time nothing except the clicking. After checking all the connections and I thought give it a shove and jumped in and put in second gear. I heard a clicking sound....turn on the key and it started right up. Would this be a bad Bendix or does it sound like a starter prob ? If just a Bendix...who would have the best one to buy to replace ?

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Old 06-22-2019, 03:24 PM   #2
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First try by passing the starter solenoid and see if the starter is ok. Here's a view videos on how it's done.
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+...TF-8#kpvalbx=0
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Old 06-22-2019, 05:56 PM   #3
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Ford ill give it a try in the morning.

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Old 06-22-2019, 06:04 PM   #4
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Sounds like a bad battery connection
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:18 PM   #5
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Make sure the starter motor mounting bolts a snugged up tight....
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:44 PM   #6
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Sounds like a bad battery connection
Definitely the first thing to check.
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Old 06-22-2019, 08:32 PM   #7
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ALL electrical trouble shooting begins at the battery.
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:49 AM   #8
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Cleaned the terminals and checked all connections. I jumper wired across the solenoid posts and starter kicked in right away. Battery is one year old RedTop Optima. Could the Bendix be not working properly ? I’ve never had a problem before and I’ve gone to the barn several times now an it cranks and starts right away ! Not a glitch !
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:13 AM   #9
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if the sol. is bad. replace it with one that has the button on the bottom that you can push in
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:14 AM   #10
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Drive it for a while so it reaches operating temperature. Then drive back into the barn , shut it off and see if it restarts.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:39 AM   #11
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Sounds like the Bendix was hung up on the flywheel.
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Old 06-23-2019, 10:09 AM   #12
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Don't ever assume a battery is good just because its not very old. I've chased my tail over batteries that weren't very old and I assumed they had to be good. Your problem sure sounds like a bad connection or low voltage.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:01 AM   #13
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I've started it a dozen times now and no probs !! For whatever reason I too think it hung up on flywheel and when I pushed it and put in 2nd gear it popped loose ! I did order a new Bendix from C & G and should have it Thursday. I'm going to replace it on my back-up starter and install. Is it better to leave it clean or light coating of 3 in 1 Oil ?

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Old 06-25-2019, 06:13 AM   #14
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No oil. Could use a little dry graphite lock lube.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:19 AM   #15
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A light coat of oil for storage can’t hurt. I think you fixed it when you cleaned the connections..... Mark
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If the Bendix is still working, no need to replace it. Just carry a spare starter.
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I've started it a dozen times now and no probs !! For whatever reason I too think it hung up on flywheel and when I pushed it and put in 2nd gear it popped loose ! I did order a new Bendix from C & G and should have it Thursday. I'm going to replace it on my back-up starter and install. Is it better to leave it clean or light coating of 3 in 1 Oil ?

Thx.....Mike
I agree with your assessment. It was just hung up. It happens to me on occasion. I usually just put the car in 3rd gear and rock it back and forth to dislodge the bendix. Works every time.
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Old 06-28-2019, 08:00 AM   #18
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Thx Guys....appreciate the advice. Bendix came yesterday and will put on my back up starter and leave things alone for now.

Thx again....Mike
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Thx Guys....appreciate the advice. Bendix came yesterday and will put on my back up starter and leave things alone for now.

Thx again....Mike
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:16 AM   #20
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Well....just opened the package and I don't have to worry about doing any oiling of the new Bendix. It already has a good coat of grease and oil on it already !!
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