Installing Starter!!

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Installing Starter!!

Post by Dirty1 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:14 am

I am having trouble getting the starter gear to slide into the spline inside the case. Any helpful tricks? I removed the starter once b4 to repair a broken wire and I slipped it right back in,but apparently was'nt engaged completely.I rode it for a couple of days and it started freewheeling when I hit the starter. Am I really going to have to remove the engine to fix this??

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Re: Installing Starter!!

Post by starfleetengineer » Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:38 pm

It sounds like your one way clutch is going bad. Yes to change or fix this, the engine will have to come out. The clutch is mounted to the outside of the flywheel for the stator. As for putting the starter back in, just keep turning the starter shaft a 1/16 at a time till it slips back in.
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Re: Installing Starter!!

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:59 am

A lot of time this is caused by sludge buildup in the sprag clutch that connects the starter to the crank - there is little oil flow in this area, and sludge tends to collect there, eventually causing the clutch to not engage correctly, and the starter just spins without cranking the engine.

Quite often it can be fixed using something like Seafoam - change the oil in the engine, add a can of Seafoam to the crankcase, and go ride for an hour or so. Then drain and change the oil again. You'll be startled by just how much crap comes out in the "new" oil - it comes out grey, almost black, with all the sludge and deposits that the Seafoam gets out of the engine. This often gets the sludge out of the sprag clutch, and solves the starter problem.

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