Starter problems?


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btsims
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Starter problems?

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I have a 1987 GL1200 Interstate that I've had in storage for nearly two years. After taking it out of storage, it would start but bogged down when I gave it throttle. Yesterday I pulled the carbs out (wow, not fun!) and replaced the jets, needles, and bowl gaskets. Once I had the carbs back in (again, not fun!) I started it and it throttled with no problems at all. It started and idled just like it was supposed to. Problem solved, I thought.

Today I intended to take it for a ride, but it wouldn't start. The starter acts like it's locked up. There's no buzzing or spinning sound, just a click. What happened between yesterday when it started just fine and today when it won't? Any suggestions?


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Re: Starter problems?

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since the carbs were worked on, i would first rule out hydrolock due to float needle(s) not seating fully.
remove spark plugs, place rags over spark plug holes and crank engine (with run switch turned OFF) to see whether fuel gushes out of 1 or more of them ... and gush it will ... keep face away.
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Re: Starter problems?

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Thanks for this. I didn't put it in my original post, but I figured I probably had a float needle issue because fuel was leaking from the #4 carb and puddling on top of the motor. I was going to remove the carbs again to check out the float needles, but I hoped one short ride wouldn't hurt anything before I did.

Would that cause the starter to act as if it's totally locked up? There are a lot of things I don't know in this world, and motorcycle maintenance is definitely one of them.
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wing4 : 1977 gl1000 black w/ blue pinstripes; resurrection complete. SOLD
wing5 : 1977 gl1000 black w/gold pinstripes; nearly roadworthy when purchased, NOW RIDING.
wing6 : 1975 gl1000 blue; SOLD
CURRENTLY WINGLESS LOOKING FOR A GL1100/1200 WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS.

Re: Starter problems?

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yes, if the combustion chamber of 1 or more cylinders is full of fuel, the piston cannot move. it will seem as if you have a dead starter.
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Re: Starter problems?

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You, sir, are a genius. Fuel shot out of two cylinders. Now all I have to do is ensure the float needles are seating properly. I'm not sure why they wouldn't be other than they're after-market parts.

Thank you very much for your help.
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wing6 : 1975 gl1000 blue; SOLD
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Re: Starter problems?

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often you can get lucky and not have to remove the carbs to cure this. take a plastic handled screwdriver or something similar and give the offending bowls some quick, hard raps with it. don't crack the bowl but let it know you are there. this can help the needles walk up their respective bores and seat properly. do it a few times if it doesn't work right away. the times that i have been successful with this trick it stayed fixed and didn't leak again.


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