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Greasing the ring gear?

PostPost by: jimj » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:36 am

As I`m replacing my starter motor, is it a good idea to grease the teeth on the flywheel ring gear or not? Will the grease just get flung off or attract dirt?
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:13 am

No.yes and yes , in that order...

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:59 am

You can buy a motor cycle chain lube spray which deposits a none sticky lube layer that adheres to the ring gear and starter pinion when it drys. i have used it in the past when using the old bendix style starter and it seemed to minimise wear and damage. Since I changed to pre-engage starters the wear seems minimal and I have not bothered with the lube on the ring gear ( as its a pain to apply regularly on the ring gear through the both closing plate) but I do the starter gear whenever I pull the starter.

Probably not necessary to do but I treated it more as an experiment and it has some small benefit

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