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superbird
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starter missing

Postby superbird » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:57 pm



i did the refresh to my starter, seems to work fine, but once in a while it wont grab. any one know why it would sound like the gears are not meshing, im assuming its whatever the chain is connected to?



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Re: starter missing

Postby seabee_ » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:51 pm

I believe there is a sprag clutch in there and when it gets gunked up with oil sometimes it won't work to engauge. I have run seafoam thru my oil, as others have also, to help clean out that area and the crankcase. Just don't rev hard while running seafoam. Keep it under 3500 RPMs for about 100 miles, then change oil and filter. That may not be the problem, but it dosen't hurt to do this. Some of the others will chime in shortly to offer more suggestions.
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Re: starter missing

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:04 am

That's usually exactly what causes this problem, and Seafoam usually does fix it. Give it a try, it's a quick and cheap solution!

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Re: starter missing

Postby superbird » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:12 pm

thanks guys, i'l give that a try, i fired it up today and no problem, but its doing a lot of winning like the timing idller but it don"t do it constantly . rrev it up, and its quiet. ANY IDEAS FOR THIS ONE ?

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Re: starter missing

Postby patbrandon1 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:08 pm

seabee_ wrote:I believe there is a sprag clutch in there and when it gets gunked up with oil sometimes it won't work to engauge. I have run seafoam thru my oil, as others have also, to help clean out that area and the crankcase. Just don't rev hard while running seafoam. Keep it under 3500 RPMs for about 100 miles, then change oil and filter. That may not be the problem, but it dosen't hurt to do this. Some of the others will chime in shortly to offer more suggestions.


How much seafoam do you add to the oil?

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Re: starter missing

Postby seabee_ » Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:08 pm

I add about 4 ounces. Just be sure to drain the same amount of oil out so you don't over fill the crankcase. I've used a vacuum brake bleeder with a small brake line or tubing that fits down into the oil fill hole to suck some out. As I mentioned before keeps the RPMs under 3500 and ride it easy for about 100 miles. Then do your oil change. While you are at it, pour about half a can(8 ozs) into the fuel tank to help clean out the carb passages.
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Re: starter missing

Postby RoadRogue » Tue May 01, 2012 12:09 am

Mine would do the same thing when the weather was on the cool side, with 15W40 oil, if I switched to 10W30 it seemed to correct the problem . Might just have been the clean oil or might have been the lighter oil. Seafoam is great stuff and usually fixes this starter problem. 8-)


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