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starter motor compatability

daver clasper

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Early had a nut retaining the Bendix and later had circlip and retaining ring.
There are repeated shock loadings on this over the years and the ring is hard.

Having had one of those retaining rings fail on the Spitfire years ago, have only used the nut type since.
I have driven several different vehicles, many thousands of miles since the 60s fitted with the early type and this was the first one of the ring type I had ever come across, so please accept my feelings on them.

There is no warning, just a starter motor revving high, so need a push or a cooperative slope.

Probably rare to happen and I can't be sure of the cause, but mention in case of interest.

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