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Removing Starter

I have a Universal M50B on my PSC 37, Kenlanu. I need to remove the starter and with more than the usual contortions, finally got the two bolts off (actually one bolt and one nut on a stud). BUT the starter now won't budge due, I suspect to extensive corrosion. Anybody have any tips or techniques for getting it off without breaking the bell housing of the motor?

Unfortunately there is no way to get any heat onto the joint between the starter casing and the motor. I've sprayed the 60% that I can get to with PB Blaster. Any ideas?

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Re: Removing Starter

Blaster will work its way around, when I need to break something loose I will put the bolts/nuts back on and leave loose a couple of turns so it doesn't drop when free. Cushion with a block of wood and hit it with a good sized hammer. Stay to the end away from the bell housing for leverage and away from the middle of the body where its weakest. Sand down and a little never seize going back together will prevent it next time.
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Thanks! All sounds like good advice which I will follow.

Thanks again, Jay
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Dear Folks,

Success! As I mentioned, I had sprayed what I could see or feel of the joint between the starter and the bell housing with lots of PB Blaster. I then let that sit overnight and in the AM took a 2' long piece of hardwood and a dead blow hammer and tried to drive the starter off by "tapping" from above. I *thought* I felt it give a bit but was not certain. I then took a 2' long pry bar and a bunch of blocks taped together and pried up from the bottom. Then I could clearly see it move. Another round of tapping from above and prying from below and off it came.

Getting the starter out was more like midwifery than mechanics but, with an eight of an inch to spare it came out. It is now off to the great folks at Bonded Auto for repair.

Phewwwww is all I can say.

Thanks for the help of this wonderful resource.

Jay
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Belfast, Maine
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Your midwifery comparison is one of the best metaphors that I've heard. Congratulation on your success with the starter.
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Re: Removing Starter

We have a PSC 34 with a Yanmar 3HM35F. Your description of removing a failing or failed starter matches mine. I had the old Hitachi rebuilt and reinstalled it. Not long after I came across and bought a spare starter. Beneath the starboard saloon seat it has done its duty well... I have in 13 years never needed it.
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Re: Removing Starter

That's exactly how I would have done it, good work.
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