- Dec 9, 2015
Just received a 1981 DT16 (1602-103623). the starter pinion gear does not rise when the starter rope is pulled. I'm an old experienced "johnny-rude" guy with top mounted recoil starters, and this is my first look ever at a Suzuki vertical manual start unit. After trying to start the motor with no luck engaging the pinion, I have disassembled (starter) and thoroughly cleaned and re-assembled with no luck. Question - what makes the pinion rise on these starters? Inertia does not seem to be the ticket (it's clean, but is something i'm not seeing... worn?), looking up parts diagrams online everything seems to be there, any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.