I have a 1982 Mercury 40 hp outboard that only clicks when I try to start the motor. I suspect this is the solenoid clicking over so that might not be the problem. Could my starter be bad?When I jump current directly to the starter it spins but doesn’t move up the bendix to engage the flywheel, the shaft just spins around the bendix. But why wouldn’t the starter shaft spin when I give it power through the solenoid?
I didn’t find the right solution from the internet.