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    Starter replacement... gasket blew into water!

    So last week I went down to the boat to drain the water heater and winterise the fresh water system. Fired it up to let it run a bit..... I pulled the throttle back from fast idle a bit too fast and stalled it before it was warm enough to disengage the choke. Turned the key again only to hear the bendix spinning without engaging... one of those bizarre sudden failures of a fairly key piece of gear that has been happening time and again on my boat. I've joked to my Mrs that I'm rebuilding this engine from the outside in!

    Anyway, no big drama... ordered a new Sierra replacement and popped down again on the weekend to put it in. I noticed in the box there was a square piece of neoprene gasket material with no reference as to what it was for, but the cutout seemed to fit over the bendix housing. I figured it was probably to help seal the mounting surface where the starter meets the flywheel housing. I got the old starter off (I can now probably join Cirque du Soleil with the contortions I had to do but that's another story )... but there wasn't any seal at all on the old one. But I planned to use it anyway. But THEN... I've got the open box sitting on the steps up to the command bridge and would you believe a gust of wind blows that darn gasket into the water! It was out of reach and I couldn't be bothered to launch the dinghy to go get it...

    I guess I'm looking for reassurance that I don't really need the gasket. As I said, there wasn't anything on the old one. Does it typically need it?
    Tyson, Ackerley, Sidney & Gene
    Tsawwassen, BC
    1996 2858 Ciera Command Bridge
    Mercruiser 7.4L BRAVO II (GEN. V) GM 454 V-8; Engine Serial 0F603347
    "Island Passport"
    Home marina: Point Roberts, WA

    #2
    The gasket I am referring to...
    Tyson, Ackerley, Sidney & Gene
    Tsawwassen, BC
    1996 2858 Ciera Command Bridge
    Mercruiser 7.4L BRAVO II (GEN. V) GM 454 V-8; Engine Serial 0F603347
    "Island Passport"
    Home marina: Point Roberts, WA

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      #3
      i never used a gasket.

      must be why i have 4 kids that i know about !
      Be good, be happy, for tomorrow is promised to no man !

      1994 2452, 5.0l, Alpha gen. 2 drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

      '86 / 19' Citation cuddy, Merc. 3.0L / 140 hp 86' , stringer drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

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        #4
        Hmm. I haven't seen any gaskets there before. That are isn't waterproof by any means anyway. It doesn't set any clearance. It may stop some splash but realistically if there is enough water to splash, well you have other issues.
        Boatless at this time

        A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including their life."

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          #5
          Probably a dust seal at the nose cone/flywheel housing interface, I don't have one on mine either, your good to install without it.
          Dave
          Edmonds, WA
          "THE FIX"
          '93 2556 5.7 Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P
          (.030 over-Vortec top end-part closed cooled)
          The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
          Misc. projects thread
          https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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            #6
            Thanks all... wasn't looking forward to potentially pulling it out and back in again if I needed it. Still aching from the contortions first time around.
            Tyson, Ackerley, Sidney & Gene
            Tsawwassen, BC
            1996 2858 Ciera Command Bridge
            Mercruiser 7.4L BRAVO II (GEN. V) GM 454 V-8; Engine Serial 0F603347
            "Island Passport"
            Home marina: Point Roberts, WA

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              #7
              You need a skinny bilge rat.
              Be good, be happy, for tomorrow is promised to no man !

              1994 2452, 5.0l, Alpha gen. 2 drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

              '86 / 19' Citation cuddy, Merc. 3.0L / 140 hp 86' , stringer drive. Sold ! Sold ! Sold !

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                #8
                I would not worry about it. I installed my new starter with it on and it would not allow the starter to engage properly. Removed it and starter worked perfectly. I did it a second time just to make sure it was not user error and the problem replicated itself. Added bonus. I got so good at removal and install that I could do it in less than 10 minutes.
                Phil, Vicky, Ashleigh & Sydney
                1998 3055 Ciera
                (yes, a 1998)
                Previous boat: 1993 3055
                Dream boat: 70' Azimut or Astondoa 72
                Sea Doo XP
                Sea Doo GTI SE
                Life is short. Boats are cool.
                The family that plays together stays together.
                Vice Commodore: Bellevue Yacht Club

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