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    Default 1978 Johnson 15HP Pull Start Pinion Issue

    Hello all, 1st time posting thank you in advance for any helpful info. I've got a Johnson 15HP model #15R79E, I've had issues with the rewind starter for years now. I've gone thru at least 4 or 5 pinions, they engage with the fly wheel, then after however long they will pop up off the starter pulley and sit sideways, stuck at an angle on the flywheel, I have to monkey with it to get it back in the starting position, but after that the inside of the pinion grooves are no good and it will continue to happen, this last one only lasted about 20 pulls. I'm just wondering what the underlining issue is, any help is much appreciated, trying to get out on the water this weekend!

    -Dustin

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    Default Re: 1978 Johnson 15HP Pull Start Pinion Issue

    There's a washer (part #318937) between the bendix gear and the underside of the retaining screw. With that washer in place, it is impossible for that gear to rise any further than the underside of that retaining screw.

    Available this site $9.50
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    Default Re: 1978 Johnson 15HP Pull Start Pinion Issue

    Ah yes I see, I am definitely missing that washer. That should do it, much appreciated!!

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