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Old 09-15-2018
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Went to start my generator and the starter made a loud ratcheting sound, as if there were broken teeth. I pulled the starter and the teeth look fine on both the starter and ring gear. I bench tested the starter and it fully engages.
The genny ran fine last time I used it, a week ago.
I didn't start or shut it down under load.
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Just because it engages does not mean the clutch in the drive is not slipping.
Which is suspect to me.
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Are you sure a strong 12 volt signal is present when turning over, , turn the flywheel with a screw driver making sure their is not a bad spot some where on flywheel.
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Thank you gentlemen, I finally figured this out.

Short version: Ground.

Long version: After reinstalling the starter, I determined the ratcheting sound was in fact the solenoid trying to engage. I don’t know why I thought it was grinding the flywheel, I guess it was louder than I would have expected. Anyway, it was not getting enough voltage; after a few tries it engaged and cranked over slowly (but started). Jumping the battery would get it to turn over properly and start right up. That was a few weeks ago.

Today I finally dug deeper and determined the issue was the ground, right under my nose. Problem was, when I tried to follow the ground wire, I thought I saw it going into the wire harness. I thought that was odd, so upon cleaning my glasses , and shining a light in there, I found where it connects to the genny’s chassis. It was pretty dirty. Once I wire brushed it and put it back together, she started right up.
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Good news Marc.
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