Starter Clutch on 83 1100GL


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Starter Clutch on 83 1100GL

Postby Newwinger » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:53 pm



After some research, my starting problem seems to be the starter clutch (a screeching noise when I attempt to start). The recommended proceedure is to remove the engine. This sounds very involved. Any suggstions or recommnedations?


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Re: Starter Clutch on 83 1100GL

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:00 pm

Unfortunately, the screeching noise you describe is typical of the starter clutch - and replacing it does involve removing the engine. But there is something you can try first.

Sometimes the problem is that the rollers in the starter overrun clutch become "gunked up" with oil sludge. We can sometimes fix this without pulling the engine:

- Change the oil.

- Get a can of Seafoam, and dump the entire thing in the crankcase along with the fresh oil.

- Press and hold the starter for 2-3 seconds, or until the engine starts.

- If it doesn't start, wait 10-15 seconds, and press and hold the starter for 2-3 seconds again. Repeat this for no more than 2-3 minutes, or else you will overheat the starter.

- If it doesn't start within 2-3 minutes, stop and let it cool off for 20 minutes.

- Once you do get it started, get it good and warm - ride it around if at all possible. You want the Seafoam to circulate throughout the engine.

- Stop the engine, and while the oil is still warm, drain it from the crankcase. It will be disgustingly dirty, as the Seafoam has dissolved sludge and deposits, and suspended it in the oil.

You can try repeating this entire process a couple times. If it still doesn't work, then I'm afraid you're looking at pulling the engine.

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Re: Starter Clutch on 83 1100GL

Postby Newwinger » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:44 am

Thanks. I'll try the Seafoam first. Worst case, I'll have cleaned years of sludge buildup.
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Re: Starter Clutch on 83 1100GL

Postby Newwinger » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:54 am

When changing the oil and adding Seafoam, should I leave some oil out so as not to over fill? Or just add the normal amount of oil then add the whole can of Seafoam?
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Re: Starter Clutch on 83 1100GL

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:49 am

When I did mine, I left it about 1/2 quart low on oil, for that exact reason - I was worried about blowing out seals. I burn a bit of oil at startup anyway, so it was already a bit low, so I just left it that way and added the Seafoam. I don't know that that small amount of Seafoam would make a difference. I've heard of lots of other people who just add the Seafoam to the crankcase with no problem at all.




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