1979 GL1000 starter will not dis-engage


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tate74guitar
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1979 GL1000 starter will not dis-engage

Postby tate74guitar » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:41 am



On my 1979 GL1000, the starter will engage even if you hit the kill switch, pull the key from the ignition? I have checked the wiring and all looks good from the solenoid switch. The starter is new?



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Re: 1979 GL1000 starter will not dis-engage

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:54 pm

If I understand this right,the sprag clutch is dragging the starter.when you crank the engine a set of roller bearings grip and turn the crank.As soon as the engine fires up it SHOULD roll faster than the starter and slip on the bearings.If the bearings are gummed up or seized in their holder it can lock the starter to the crank.The starter itself does not have a clutch mechanism in it .The "bendix"function is a part of the alternator assembly.A good dose of sea foam and horsing on the starter may free it up.Here's a pix of it.
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Re: 1979 GL1000 starter will not dis-engage

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:02 pm

If the starter clutch is stuck..drain a quart of oil out, put in some sea foam or mmo or diesel run the engine easy for 50 miles drain oil and replace filter etc. this may clean out the gunk..if not you need to pull the engine, and take of the back case to clean it out manually...that will suck.
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Re: 1979 GL1000 starter will not dis-engage

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:57 pm

Maybe he means that as soon as the battery is hooked up the starter cranks the engine?
If that's it,the solenoid is either activating by a wiring problem or the solenoid contacts are welded closed.
Unhook and tape off the wire on the starter to test if the solenoid is working.

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Re: 1979 GL1000 starter will not dis-engage

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:04 pm

you are correct virgilmobile, disconnect the wire and test for voltage. No volts = mecanical issue. volts = electrical issue.

That cuts the possible problem by 50%

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Re: 1979 GL1000 starter will not dis-engage

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:36 pm

Didn't someone once say "divide and conquer" ? Same theory different application.




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