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Starter problem 1997 FLSTS

My starter engage and start but then it stop crancking the engine, but the starter spins but make a grinding noise in primary, it's on and off. I removed primary and saw it crank and then the Pinion gear resessed and doesn't make contact with the clutch ring gear. Bypass the started relay does the same. SO the selenoid it not pulling in all the time. Took the starter out and all test passed fine, it even crank no problem out the bike and Selenoid stay pull no problem, it's only Under cranking the engine that it fail. Selenoid looks fine. So what do I change, Selenoid kit or the whole selenois housing which will be less costly to buy an aftermakket whole starter.

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  • Pierre Bourdon Jul 11, 2013

    Bypass was tried and still failed. Got to be the selenoid failing under cranking because when the plunger stay pulled in it crank the bikes and start. P.s. For others, starter clutch was replaced last years and as per experience it's still working all fine.

  • Pierre Bourdon Jul 11, 2013

    This is the original 1997 starter 30,000 miles bike.

  • Pierre Bourdon Jul 11, 2013

    To be clear....My problem is that the starter does not stay engaged while starting, it seems that the solonoid is not holding at times when the starter engaged. It disengages after the first revolution of the engine, then grinds, sometimes after many revolutions, sometimes it work fine. Sometimes it will grinds on initial engagement and sometmes not and the starter clutch was replaced. Since I don't want to change the selenoid which is the whole housing, i'll try a selenoid kit, anyway the starter is off the bike. I'll let you know the outcome.

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See the diagram attached, and by pass it . GOD BLESS YOUStarter problem 1997 FLSTS - 07b0a924-114d-4fdb-a9c3-005a442421f7.gifHowever if the problem persist you must replace the starter unit.to out tolerance parts.
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Testimonial: "Bypass was tried and still failed. Got to be the selenoid failing under cranking because when the plunger stay pulled in it crank the bikes and start. P.s. For others, starter clutch was replaced last years and as per experience it's still working all fine."

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