Starter Pinion not engaging flywheel

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Posted by Bob D ( on November 11, 2005 at 20:08:53:

Unable to start my 2005 Merc 50HP. I noticed that the starter spins freely but does not rise up to engage the flywheel. The boat and motor has not been used in the past 3 months, and had no starting problems when last used. The pinion will engage when turned manually by hand. Any suggestions?

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