Starter wont disengage


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76Goldie
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Starter wont disengage

Postby 76Goldie » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:43 pm



OK guys I need some help. So I have had my bike for about 3 weeks now and I got it from the original owner who pretty much only used it for long road trips. It being a 76 and only having 37,000 miles on it means it probably sat alot. So there are a couple issues but the main one thats making it so cant even ride it is the starter wont disengage. At first it only happened once so I shut of the bike and restarted it and was good to go. Now if you even turn the ignition on the bike immediately tries to start.

I know that these guys have tendency to gunk up the clutch and you can take it apart and clean it. Randakks has a good tutorial...but oh my hell. Its a full on project that's going to require a lot of time. If avoidable I would like to stay clear.

I was reading that a shot of sea foam or similar product in the cranks case would help if ran it like that for 50 or so miles. I don't have the luxury of running the motor without the starter on. Or do I?

Basically I want to find a way to clean this guy with out doing a complete overhaul. Any suggestions are more than welcomed and I love the site so far. You guys save us newbies a lot money and time and that's freaking awesome, so thanks!

BTW...you guys can call me tyler. Excuse my user name I was trying to be creative and failed.



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terryt
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Re: Starter wont disengage

Postby terryt » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:06 pm

If the starter spins as soon as you turn the ignition on. i would check the starter button fisrt it may be stuck. disconect the two wire on the solenoid. put a test light on the wire to the push button turn on the ignition. if it lights up stuck button.

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76Goldie
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Re: Starter wont disengage

Postby 76Goldie » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:17 pm

Its a new starter button. Can it be the solenoid? I know thats not new and the guy before me was using a screw driver to start it by connecting the nuts on the solenoid :| haha. I put the new start button on it and it has been working fine for the past 2 weeks or so.

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Re: Starter wont disengage

Postby terryt » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:23 pm

76Goldie wrote:Its a new starter button. Can it be the solenoid? I know thats not new and the guy before me was using a screw driver to start it by connecting the nuts on the solenoid :| haha. I put the new start button on it and it has been working fine for the past 2 weeks or so.

I think you have just answered your own question. ;)

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Fred Camper
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Re: Starter wont disengage

Postby Fred Camper » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:58 pm

sure does sound like a stuck solenoid. Located just rearward of the battery. Common part and other brands can fit.

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Re: Starter wont disengage

Postby portugeezer » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:26 pm

Not an expensive part either. I got a new one with a fuse for $12

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Re: Starter wont disengage

Postby tom84std » Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:05 pm

If it was a stuck solenoid, the starter would spin any time the battery was connected. If it spins whenever the key is turned on, but not when the key is off, you have a stuck pushbutton switch or the two wires associated with that switch have become crossed and connected together.




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