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Hi gear starter motor

PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:57 pm

I suffered frequent failures of the pinions and, eventually, the ring gears when using 9-tooth pinions. Brian Buckland recommends using a 10-tooth in his manual addendum and I did exactly that on my 1971 M35J, with a new ring gear (from Miles Wilkins, I believe), and it has been perfect for 3 years and 8000 miles. With such a small number of teeth there are few actually in engagement and the different spacing doesn't seem to matter.

As mentioned earlier in this thread, you would expect 9 teeth to give higher torque but all I've noticed is that the 10-tooth is quieter suggesting deeper engagement.

26/4088 1965 S1½ Old and scruffy but in perfect working order; the car too.
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