So Ive got a 2000 Essex open bow jet with a 454. The starter went out two weekends ago.
Pulled the old starter and put the new one in, turned the motor over about 5 or 6 times, then it doesn't engage the flywheel any more.
So i bought a solenoid for the old starter, same thing, starts the boat a half dozen times then wont engage the flywheel and you can hear the whine from the gear just spinning.
Im thinking it could be the flywheel at this point. Any advice??