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Seems this ride is becoming a torment for me. I seem to be getting less and less starts each time I have to clean the starter.

Got my ride off the trailer a couple of months ago. and it did not want to start. cleaned the starter and greased it, took apart the solenoid, cleaned it. Got a few more starts out of it. Replaced the bat (which tested good) with AGM bat and got a few more starts. Now the starter is out again and failing bench testing. Just cleaned it and checked the brush's etc...Got two starts and now nothing. I am real close to sending this ride down the road over this. Will be digging into the starter again today.
 

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First thing to look at is the ring gear in the nose cone of your starter. Check and see if the ring gear is metal or plastic. In a lot of the aftermarket starters they have gone to a plastic ring gear. This gear will move slightly and jump out of position enough to allow the key to push against it and cause a flat spot. Hence, it won't start,as though the starter were locked up. My solution was to go get a metal gear which I transferred to any new aftermarket starter I bought.
 
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