Yes, there is a high probablility that is what happened. The starter clutch is geared to allow the relatively small starter motor to turn the crank to start the engine against compression forces. But if that starter clutch can not free wheel, the engine then spins the starter motor at a much higher ratio and of course destroys the starter motor.SO, you're saying that there's a chance that I got this backwards and the engine was running the starter?
I HAVE !!LOL...I replaced the cover plate, journal, bearing and every spacer and bearing to include to rotor...SO, Everything in that area is super tight so if you damaged ANY machined surface you're going to have to replace it. The bearing journal in the cover plate along with the bearing might be the culprit. BOTH NEED to be pressed in with a hydraulic press once you replace BOTH. The old socket and hammer isn't going to do it...The bearing in the crank area usually doesn't go bad because it's drenched in oil. . Put you hand in there and slowly spin it and if you feel ANY resistance( bumps, notable increased resistance to turn) it's bad too. I had replaced EVERYTHING in the parts breakdown from that area and WALLA! It's GTG.Okay guys I'm having the same issue with an 07 well sort of the same issue my stator failed am I rotor failed put magnets all over my s*** I cleaned it all up now when I put it in it makes almost like a knocking noise and it's not coming from the motor it's coming from the stator case itself has anyone ever experienced this maybe I installed the bearings backwards or not flush I don't know I've done this and rebuilt this thing probably 30 times I cannot figure it out please any information will help me I have replaced the stator rotor and bearings thank you