Starter Motor Diagnosis


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tmackillop
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Starter Motor Diagnosis

Postby tmackillop » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:36 am



Hey folks,

With the help of my brother, we rebuilt the starter motor. Before we fixed it, you had to tap the starter with a mallet to get it to engage. After the rebuild, the bike started up fine. Went on some good rides, keeping the bike running, and everything fresh.

After awhile the starter started doing the same thing again. Not every time though. If it's been raining and the bike has sat a couple days, it gets grumpy. If I ride it around every day like I try to, it starts up great, ready to go.

The scenario is, step by step:
Turn the key.
Switch the bike on.
Press the starter switch, and... just a click. When I tap the starter once or twice the thing starts right up. After running for a bit, there's no issue. It will start right up later.

What do you think it could be? I'm all ears.

Thanks,

Taylor.



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Re: Starter Motor Diagnosis

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:34 am

Did you try this cleaning rebuild tutorial..?

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=259

It solved a lot of starter troubles for the '80 GL1100 I I have...
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Re: Starter Motor Diagnosis

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:10 am

"dead" spot on your commutator..heat helps it..when yoiu rebuilt your starter did you polish the copper and clean out the slots between them???
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Re: Starter Motor Diagnosis

Postby tmackillop » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:20 am

@RBGERSON I'll have to try that. Thanks for the advice folks!

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Re: Starter Motor Diagnosis

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:51 am

Inspect the electrical post where the windings are bound to it.
Twisting the post while removing or connecting the cable can break the wires loose.
Always use a back up 10mm wrench on the nut to ensure the post dosen't turn.

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Re: Starter Motor Diagnosis

Postby plumbermullins » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:19 am

What I have found in the past on the same scenario a freshly rebuilt starter is the brush plate does not ground properly to the body of the starter. clean the plate and body and coat with never seize that has copper or nickel in it. in the past I have put a piece of stranded wire between the plate and body. hope this helps.




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