First, thanks a lot for this thread. It totally saved me.
Secondly, I'm sure it's a mute point, but just incase anyone else has the same issue, my starter also didn't work when I put it back together.
I noticed when I was putting the two pieces of the housing back together on the bar that there is a sweet spot where the housing seems to fit together closer then if you were to rotate it a bit. Of course I ignored it and rotated the whole housing upright a bit. It was damn close, but it didn't seem to fit together quite perfectly. Everything looked right. The lights were fixed, and they would go off when I pressed the starter, but it still didn't turn over.
I took the to halves apart again (but not the small parts inside, just the two main parts), and put them back together in the sweet spot, and now it starts.
I'm guessing that perhaps something was grounding the kill switch?
Anyway, I hope that helps somebody as much as this thread helped me.
Last edited by Ninetynein; 08-27-2011 at 11:56 AM.