starting bike and starter wont kick over


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starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby biker guy » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:28 pm



I changed my back tire and after I put the tire back on, I tried to start the bike and the starter wouldn't go in to first gear, would anyone one have any ideas on what could be wrong or have any suggestions as it stands right now I have the battery out and it is charging as it has never sat outside and has always been in a heated garage, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.....thanks

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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby DaveDanger » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:14 pm

You lost us there on that description Biker Guy. Did the starter engage and start the engine, but it wouldn't shift into first gear? Or did the starter not engage (not spin) at all?
I just a few minutes ago had a similar problem with mine (83 GL1100A)... my starter wouldn't do anything even though the engine should have been in neutral (my neutral light was on). I had to clutch it, shift the engine into first gear and hold my clutch to make the starter spin and crank the engine. Then it ran fine.
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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby biker guy » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:33 pm

starter spins but wont engage to turn the bike over

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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby biker guy » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:38 pm

the wife did the first post lol

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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:20 am

biker guy wrote:starter spins but wont engage to turn the bike over


OK, that's a different problem. So your starter is spinning, but the engine isn't cranking. Two things can cause this:

First (and most common) - fouled sprags in the sprag clutch. This will happen more often when it is cold outside. The oil circulation in the area of the sprag (starter) clutch is poor, and sludge tends to collect there. The sludge will foul the sprags, particularly when it's cold and the sludge is stiff, and prevent them from engaging.

The quick and easy solution for that is to add half a can of Seafoam to your crankcase oil, get the bike started (push start if necessary), and go ride it gently for an hour. This will circulate the Seafoam throughout the engine and its solvent properties will break up the sludge. Then change the oil while it is still warm - you'll be amazed at the chunks of goo that come out. This will normally fix the problem completely.

The second, less common cause is a failed planetary gearset in the starter motor itself. This happens more often on aftermarket starters, but can happen to OEM starters as well.

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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby biker guy » Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:49 pm

thank you so much brother its a big help

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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby biker guy » Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:34 pm

i for got to ask do i drain some oil be for i sea form it

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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:09 pm

Yep- if you are going to put in 8 ounces , drain same amount of oil before adding sea foam. Too much oil will cause foaming, which isn't good for any engine.
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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby biker guy » Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:30 am

ok thats what i thought i had to ask and what oil should i use some tell me not to use 10w40 they say on a older motor go to 20 w 50 what do you think im in Canada its cooler here we do get hot days in the summer thoght

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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:06 am

10/40 is fine..many like Rotella.. 20/50 is too think unless you are running 100+ temps..like in AZ.
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Re: starting bike and starter wont kick over

Postby biker guy » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:15 pm

that's what i thought thank you so much




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