View Full Version : Starter motor lube?

02-24-2007, 06:26 PM
I have my starter disassembled for cleaning and I need advice on what lube to use in the commutator end bearing and Bendix drive threads? I've read the manual but they make no mention of lubrication in the reassembly instructions.


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

02-24-2007, 06:51 PM
Use some white grease on the shaft bushings. The bendixes are usually dry, but I put a swipe of grease on them too. Not too much.:)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

02-24-2007, 06:58 PM
I've used synthetic wheel bearing grease (Mobil 1 or Redline CV-2) not sure if it is the right stuff or not but I've never had a problem. I've used it in wiper motor gearboxes as well to replace the old, fossilized factory lube.


55 Commander Starlight

02-24-2007, 07:55 PM
Thanks guys!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

02-27-2007, 01:26 PM
Does anybody out there but me fill the starter's nose housing with a pretty healthy gob of wheel bearing grease before bolting it up to the engine?

I've always done that on later Studebakers and did so when I rebuilt the engine on the '41 Commander. After quite a while the starter quit. Upon dissassembly I found that the '41 starter does not have a divider plate separating the bendix from the armature, and that the grease had fouled the motor. Cleaned and reassembled the starter without the filling the hose housing and its been working fine ever since.

02-27-2007, 02:05 PM
I really do not think the bendix unit was designed to run in grease, it is not necessary, kinda just overkill. As you found out, I have never even added a "touch" of grease like some people have done. I find the best way to prolong it's hard life is to make certain that the Bellhousing has been properly "Dialed-in" to match the Crank center. Never trust an old unknown engine/trans. combo to be correct, as it was common practice at garages in the '60's to send the engine to a Rebuilder to be exchanged for another one, then just bolt it up to the bellhousing and call it good!

Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

02-27-2007, 08:52 PM
I have always cleaned and lubed the bendix with a touch of white grease. If you get too much it can get onto the clutch unit and create all sorts of unpleasant driving experiences as well as premaure clutch failure.