Thanks for the replys. Jim I think you had the same problem as me. I know the ring gear is good since I just rebuilt the transmission myself. Since I was there I decided to have a look at the starter and ring gear cuz it had acted up on several occasions. I completely disassebled the started cleaned, lubed, and checked every inch of the thing. There was a lot of road grime on & in it so I thought that it was sticking. But I think it is the bendix gear itself.
Im going to do exactly what you did. Replace the bendix gear. Ill let you know if that was the right decision.
I got too many cars!! Insurance eats me alive. Dave
78 Corvette Stingray - 3k
82 242 Turbo Volvo - Manual - 270k
86 300e 5 speed manual - 210k
87 420sel - 240k
89 560sl - 78k
91 420sel - 205k
91 560sel - 85k
94 GMC Suburban - 90k
97 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail - 25k
00 GMC Silverado 1 ton 30k