Electric engine starter

  • US 5,307,700 A
  • Filed: 12/04/1992
  • Issued: 05/03/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/04/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An engine starter comprising, a drive housing, said drive housing having a first housing portion defining a solenoid compartment and a second housing portion defining a starter drive compartment, a pair of spaced walls connecting said first and second housing portions, a shift lever retainer disposed between said spaced walls, a shift lever pivotally supported by said retainer, said shift lever having a first portion located in said solenoid compartment and a second portion located in said starter drive compartment, a solenoid attached to said first housing portion of said drive housing, said solenoid having a plunger that is connected to said first portion of said shift lever, a shaft located in said starter drive compartment, a starter drive supported by said shaft including a pinion gear, said second portion of said shift lever connected to said starter drive, said second housing portion of said drive housing having an opening that permits said pinion gear to be meshed with the ring gear of an engine, and means for impeding the passage of foreign material, such as water, from said starter drive compartment to said solenoid compartment, said last named means comprising at least one rib on said retainer, said rib projecting outwardly toward an internal surface of one of said pair of spaced walls.

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