Starter issue on a 84 Interstate


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Wingrider63
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Starter issue on a 84 Interstate

Postby Wingrider63 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:28 pm



I have an 84 interstate that has a starter problem. I was hitting the ignition and starter button and the starter engaged the engine and spun it to start like it's supposed to. Then, intermittently, it started to kick out while cranking but would always reengage the engine on the next try until the engine fired up.
Now the starter motor just spins and doesn't engage the engine and won't turn it over. Any thought or solutions :evil:



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Re: Starter issue on a 84 Interstate

Postby Mooseman » Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:38 pm

Book says to check for;
Faulty starter clutch.
Falutly starter motor reduction gears.
Faulty starter motor sprockets or chain.
I'm guessing the first?
I have read were some of the guys with starter issues run some MMO or Sea Foam in the oil for a couple of hundred miles or a tank of gas and then drain and put in fresh oil. Aparently it gets gunked up in there depending on the type of oil used and how often changed.
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Re: Starter issue on a 84 Interstate

Postby zamboni920 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:05 pm

It does sound like the starter clutch. It is a wet clutch system, meaning the clutch assembly utilizes the engine oil for proper operation. There are rollers and needle bearings within the assembly, wich can get gunked up over time. A good idea (the easiest, without removing/disassemblying engine) is to change oil/filter , add some "Seafoam" and drive a few hundred miles. Then change oil and filter again. The "Seafoam" stands a good change of loosening the gunk wich can then be flushed out when changing oil again. I assume the starter has not been off the bike.....if it has, it could also be the starter sprocket missed engaging with the starter clutch chain, although not likely.

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Re: Starter issue on a 84 Interstate

Postby Wingrider63 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:49 pm

Sounds like a good and easy solution. The one problem is getting the bike started. It doesn't crank!

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Re: Starter issue on a 84 Interstate

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:16 pm

As a last resourt, center stand it after you ad the sea foam,put it in 5 th gear and use the rear wheel the roll the engine over a few times.pull in the clutch and bump the starter once or twice.
If no luck, 2nd gear push start.

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Re: Starter issue on a 84 Interstate

Postby Wingrider63 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:57 pm

Good thought!!! I went out and rotated the rear tire after the SeaFoam went in and soon it (starter)engaged like normal. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: Starter issue on a 84 Interstate

Postby zamboni920 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:59 pm

Great! Now, remember to run it/drive it for a bit and then change the oil again. Glad you got it going!




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