A Bendix-spring compressor is used to compress and remove the spring in a starter motor Bendix gear as necessary for repairs. It has two C-shaped plates joined by two threaded bolts. To fit the tool, separate the plates and place one at the top and one at the bottom of the spring, with the C arms overlapping to form an O. Replace the bolts and tighten them gradually and evenly until the top circlip can be removed. Gradually loosen them to remove the tool and lift off the spring.

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Replacing the Bendix gear

The name Bendix gear strictly applies to the spiral drive mechanism of an inertia-type starter. H...