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Starter will not spin or engage to start engine. The bendix/solenoid is not kicking in
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
you have a bad starter sprag clutch, 500 us dollars, it is posible to replace the spring that is most likely worn with one from a crank shaft seal, call kieth at american dirt bike he is very helpfull
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
Does your starter have a good ground now after the paint job??? If you jump from the battery to the starter side of the solenoid, do you get any results?
If you have good power and the starter is known good, your solenoid could be faulty.
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Posted on Jan 09, 2010
Testimonial: "All logical statements and factual comments.I figured out the solenoid and cable to the head is a cable operated compression release. "
SOURCE: 2003 Heritage Starter Problems
I have an 03 FLSTC, same issue. Went through four starters before 70k miles. Problem solved when I had both the gear reduction and compression releases installed. Have 40k miles on my fifth starter and no problems.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
I'd be willing to bet that it's not "kicking out". The tale tell sign is that the starter keeps running. As long as the plunger in the solenoid is pulled inward,which moves the starter drive into engagement with the ring gear on the outer clutch drum, the start will run. If the starter drive were being "kicked out" the solenoid wouldn't still be engaged and the starter would not continue running.
I would come closer to thinking that your starter drive is bad, the bendix. These things are notorious for going bad, especially the cheap Chinese made aftermarket ones. I've replaced them with only a few weeks use on them. If you buy a new drive, get an Accel, made in the U.S.A.. Simply pull the starter drive out and clamp the shaft in a vice with aluminum jaws on it. The little nut on the end has left handed threads. When you put the nut back on, put some Red Loctite #271 on it. This ought to solve your problem. If you have anymore questions, drop me a line directly at firstname.lastname@example.org Good Luck!
Posted on Jan 19, 2010
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