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    Rd Am was another mixed bag of results, but for the 1st time in several years I was feeling comfortable and confident in the car. The car was so good we twice lowered the rear wing setting down to 5.6-deg (the lowest I've ever run) with respect to the chassis. We also lowered the front wing. As a result, the car was a rocket on the straights, but still had excellent grip in the turns.

    Lap times were getting better each session, and I finished 6th in the 1st race. In another lap, I would have passed another car to finish 5th. I was a bit annoyed because the race was shortened by 2 laps even though we finished well within our time limit.

    We were looking good in Q2, but after a stop to measure tire pressures and temperatures, the car would not restart because the starter pinion was slipping out of engagement with the ring gear (see next post for the root cause). We could have bump-started for the race, but during Q2, the car also developed a vibration, so we packed up and went home to avert any further damage.

    I'll correct this issue, and our next (and last) race of the season will be at Summit Point since we're skipping NJMP. Summit will be a good test of the setup because it's a low-grip track where I was really frustrated last year, leading to my discovery of the front swaybar MR issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveW View Post
    ...I'll correct this issue, and our next (and last) race of the season will be at Summit Point since we're skipping NJMP. Summit will be a good test of the setup because it's a low-grip track where I was really frustrated last year, leading to my discovery of the front swaybar MR issue.
    I found the cause of the starter issue - one of the starter-bracket mounting bolts fell out (I'll Loctite it this time since it's not accessible when everything is together), allowing the starter to move away from the flywheel. The skipping teeth also caused the starter bolts to its bracket to loosen, exacerbating the issue. Next step will be to pull the trans off the engine and assess how much damage this did. I have a spare flywheel, which I'll install if necessary.

    UPDATE 7/6/24:

    I got lucky. No apparent damage to the ring gear, and the starter pinion is apparently in good shape (teeth look good and gear OD is the same as a new one). I got the trans on and the starter bolted into place.

    I red-Loctited a stud into the hole where the bolt came out and used jet-nuts on both fasteners to hold the starter on. This should prevent a repeat of this issue. Before I totally reassembled the car and while I could get at everything I checked the clearances and cranked the engine to make sure everything relative to the starter worked as designed. The engine cranked perfectly.

    There was no obvious cause for the vibration I felt, but it may have been the loose starter vibrating in harmony with the engine.

    Now I just have to finish putting the car back together.
    Last edited by DaveW; 07.09.24 at 5:52 PM. Reason: update
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