Birken Vogt;n59070 wrote:
Not a bad starter. The engine is coughing or kicking over once or twice which will disengage this style starter (Bendix drive) and it will never reengage on its own. Normal behavior.
What is causing the engine not to take of and run is what needs investigation. Things that come to mind are ignition coil bad timing, rubber bellows.
You might also just leave it and see if it gets worse, since it is still working as designed, more or less.
As I was contemplating the problem this afternoon I came up with the same thinking that it is not the starter. I just don't know what else to check. The rubber bellows is fine. I have worm gear clamps on both ends. I replaced the coil several months ago. I had a few times where it would start and run rough then smooth out, especially on real hot days. Thought the choke was sticking, but it seemed to move freely.