mercruiser starter motor sticking

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by mogmcfc, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. mogmcfc
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    mogmcfc Junior Member

    hi
    looking at taking starter motor out of an alpha but seems very tight.do i need to remove the fuel pump to get the starter out?
    any help would be appreciated
    cheers
    jon
     
  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    No, you have to use a socket with a rachet from under. Disconnect the battery first. You may have to stand on your head for a while.
     
  3. CDK
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    CDK retired engineer

    On the 3.0 engine the starter motor has an extra support, a small angled casting between the block and the housing. If it has been wet, the nuts may be difficult to remove without breaking the stud on the block. Use penetrating oil!
    A midget with strong arms would be very useful for such jobs.
     
  4. Frosty

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    I think you are missing the point. I think--he means room to jiggle it out of the housing, he asked if he needs to remove the pump.

    Im unfamiliar with the engine but if it helps, then remove it, 2 pipes and 2 nuts.
     
  5. gonzo
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    Depending on the stringers and engine mounts you may have to remove the pump. I would first take the starter off and try to slide it under the engine.
     
  6. CDK
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    Frosty, believe me I am very awake and familiar with this machine.
    Like Gonzo said, you have to stand on your head to remove the bolt and nuts and be careful with the power lead, but once everything has been unscrewed, the starter motor drops out without any further effort. Mine once slid under the oil pan and I had to grope around in the oil and water to retrieve it. Afterward I decided to clean the bilge and found more goodies like tools, stainless screws and nuts.
     
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    You have a bilge storage area too? :)
     
  8. mogmcfc
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    mogmcfc Junior Member

    see what you mean about standing on your head!!!!starters out!
    finding a lot of time and effort is required in the boating world and these forums are fantastic for advice!!had boat for 5 seasons now and spent a lot of money on mechanics.....not bothered with them for 2 seasons,done it myself due to the info off you guys!!!happy days.lets keep up the good work eh!!!!Hey starting to give advice out myself now!!!!haha.cheers yet again.
     
  9. Red Tide
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    You're not putting mechanics out of business, you're only saving up for the next big project you'll need them to help you with :)
     
  10. Submarine Tom

    Submarine Tom Previous Member

    Yah!!

    Something truly good came from this forum.

    Tom
     
  11. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Don't be too happy --you have to get it back in.

    Tie a piece of rope around it and pull it through and up.
     
  12. gonzo
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    A helper pulling from the rope is a great advantage.
     
  13. mogmcfc
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    mogmcfc Junior Member

    would gladly have a competent mechanic look at the problem.But when you are 1500 uk pounds down the line and he cant solve the problem,which i had to do at a cost of 40 uk pounds......half an hours work.Come on behave! Im a tradesman in my work and its not boat engines!!! GOT STUNG!!THATS WHY IM ON THE FORUM GIRLS!! Let me know if you have a COMPETENT marine mechanics number in Anglesey area tut!!!!!
     
  14. mogmcfc
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    mogmcfc Junior Member

    Thats the thing you see..dont know any good marine mechanics in the area who actually know their job!!
     

  15. mogmcfc
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    Think i will become a marine mechanic time served.Then go on the internet forums an tell everybody how to do it!!!!!!stupid..........
     
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