Starter GL-1100 1983


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Thorgot
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Starter GL-1100 1983

Postby Thorgot » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:10 pm



Hi:
My first post!

Sometimes my starter works just fine. Sometimes when I press the start button I just hear a "whrrrr" kind of sound and the engine does not turn over. I let it sit for a few minutes, try again and it works.

What might cause it to only work intermittantly. Any advice is much appreciated.



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trashtruck
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Re: Starter GL-1100 1983

Postby trashtruck » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:26 pm

welcome. to begin with, these older wings dont like the cold weather. what you hear is the starter turning but the internal clutch not engaging. it happens to alot of us. what weight oil are you running? a thinner oil for the cold weather usually cures this. i run 10w40 in the cold and 15w40 in the summer with good results. if it becomes a continual problem, run 1/2 can of seafoam in the oil, run an easy 100 mi or so and chane it out. you'll be amazed at the crap that builds up inside the engine.
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RoadRogue
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Re: Starter GL-1100 1983

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:33 pm

Trashtruck beat me to it, Seafoamsyour friend here. You can buy some at either NAPA or Canadian Tire. Oh ya , welcome to the forum 8-)
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Thorgot
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100I Interstate

Re: Starter GL-1100 1983

Postby Thorgot » Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:12 pm

Thank you very much!. It was quite cold when I was starting it. I have picked up some seafoam and will add some to the crank case.




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