Your recent article in the 8-16-21 issue of the Cedar Rapids Gazette suggested that there was either a starter problem or a flywheel problem. My question is: If there was a bad or broken tooth on the flywheel, why does it start on the second try? I seems if the flywheel doesn’t rotate then the starter still would not engage.
I am not a mechanic but years ago I owned an old Mercury with a bad flywheel. It would, in fact, start on the second, third, etc. try. I can only assume the tooth wasn’t completely missing, either that or the flywheel shifted somehow.