I'm on my second starter motor


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ray74
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I'm on my second starter motor

Postby ray74 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:27 pm



Hello everyone,

I have an 1976 Gl1000. I just got her to fire up and idling a little high. I fix the high idle and then the starter motor started to smoke and just stop working.

I bought another starter motor and the engine would spin and not start. Would fire up for a little and die. Now it's just making a clicking noise when I press the start button. Any suggestions?


thanks



SnoBrdr
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Re: I'm on my second starter motor

Postby SnoBrdr » Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:23 pm

ray74 wrote:Hello everyone,

I have an 1976 Gl1000. I just got her to fire up and idling a little high. I fix the high idle and then the starter motor started to smoke and just stop working.

I bought another starter motor and the engine would spin and not start. Would fire up for a little and die. Now it's just making a clicking noise when I press the start button. Any suggestions?


thanks


Sounds like part of it could be a bad connection.

Check that the grounds both at the battery and the main are clean and tight.

You also have to be careful when you put the hot wire on the starter, it requires 2 wrenches to do it properly.

It's very easy to crank it down a bit and the bottom nut spins and breaks the contact inside the starter.

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Re: I'm on my second starter motor

Postby offcenter » Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:17 am

Another thing..
If you have bad connections to the motor or battery, you are getting lower than normal voltage
going to the starter motor.
LOW VOLTAGE KILLS ELECTRIC MOTORS!
I learned this the hard way with my garden tractor.
Wiring problems caused low voltage which burned out the starter motor.
I fixed the wiring problems and had the starter rebuilt.
It has been fine for ten years now.

Just my two cents....
George in Jersey.
99 Goldwing GL-1500 SE
76 Goldwing Gl-1000
77 Honda CT-90 "Trail 90"


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