I've been struggling to understand the operation of these starters. Not having much luck finding any info on the actual design of the skytec starters.
To clarify my understanding can anyone confirm the following:
The skytecs do not have a spring-type Bendix drive that moves the pinon forward into the ring gear. They use an electromagnet and a fork to accomplish the same thing.
They also do NOT have a contactor as part of the same plunger on the pinon actuator that prevents the starter from spinning until the pinon is completely engaged with the ring gear.
If the pinon actuator was to fail you would still hear the starter spinning during starter engagement.