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FC (Forward Control Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your FC model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.......List your FC Parts here too.

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Old 08-19-2013
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Default FC Starter issue

Started my bus 2 days ago with no issue as it has always been, only to try today and find that the starter turns but doesn't engage the flywheel.
I turned the flywheel with a screwdriver through the inspection hole but that didn't change anything. Normally you just turn the key and she starts, no prolonged cranking needed.
Whats the most likely culprit?
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Old 08-20-2013
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Sounds like perhaps the Starter Bendix is not engaging. Check the connections on the starter.
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rick I do not believe there is any way to check out the bendix other then to remove the starter if you engage the starter and it whirs but did"t engage it has tqo be the bendix or broken ring gear teeth.
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You could be right Tom. I can look at my spare starter in the AM to refresh my memory on how it's put together.
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Can the bendix be repaired or replaced separately?
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Start the generator and charge the battery bank or put an external booster charger on the batteries. Take a reading with your volt meter.

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Started my bus 2 days ago with no issue as it has always been, only to try today and find that the starter turns but doesn't engage the flywheel.
I turned the flywheel with a screwdriver through the inspection hole but that didn't change anything. Normally you just turn the key and she starts, no prolonged cranking needed.
Whats the most likely culprit?
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yes the bendix can be replaced easily after of course removing the starter from the engine But back to your problem again its sometimes easy to strip off a ring gear tooth or more by careless trying to start the engine when it is already running. When you remove the starter connect it with jumper cables to a battery, but be careful, always connect the positive jumper cable to the starter stud first and then touch the chassis of the starter with the negative jumper cable end and see if the bendix pops out when you apply power. I would not advise reversing the procedure and touching the starter stud with power and connecting to the starter chassis first. When you apply power to the starter it takes a lot of current instantly,and can cause a nice melt mark on the copper positive stud If the bendix does not pop out replace it, but if it were mine I would check the rest of the starter to make sure there are no other issues with it before you have to manhandle that heavy thing back into place and then bolt it in. Good luck
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Jamie, tap the starter with a hammer before you go to the effort of removing it, could be the bendix is stuck for some reason. If it does work and start I would still remove the starter and repair it, but at least you will be able to position the coach where you need it for starter removal.
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You mentioned you turned the flywheel. that should eliminate the possible missing flywheel teeth
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Be very careful powering up the started off the engine. There is a lot of torque there and it could hurt you. Make sure you secure it very well.
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