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Dyna starter just spins

Full charge no dragging. does not engage the pinion at all.

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    reddog95823 Feb 18, 2012

    The battery is brand new. Started fine one minute then not at all the next.


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The starter has a centrifical clutch. It works by using small roller bearings that sling to the outside and tighten up as the starter turns. Some models might be a bit different in design.

Posted on Dec 01, 2014

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SOURCE: starter on 1200 L 2006 whirs but does not engage engine to start

Have the battery LOAD tested, a lot of times a battery will show good with no load on it but it can actualy be bad when tested under load. Also make sure your grounds are good clean and tight. Loose grounds is a very common problem with the 1200 sportsters.

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SOURCE: I have a 1977 FLH, I replaced the pinion gear that

Test the large connections on the starter solenoid, if they are BOTH hot, during starter engaugement, you may have a starter issue. IF they are NOT hot during engaugement, there is another solenoid under the battery case (usually). Solenoids get carbon buildups and eventually start to not transmit power intermittantly.

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SOURCE: I have replaced starter clutch

never done one to be honest but from your description it sounds like the lever bar from the solonoid to the pinion is having a problem ,what exactly iam not sure but it does sound like your starter motor was a reconditioned unit so rather than sort this out yourself which is not difficult i would return the starter under warrenty .

Posted on Sep 04, 2011

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