My Dad has a '77 GL1000 I replaced the starter with a new one. After getting it all back together. The starter motor spins but the motor does not turn over. I made sure to get the chain and gear back on the starter right. What else could cause this to happen? I am lost. I am a car mechanic but not familiar with the GL1000 and I have no service manual to show what the chain is connected to.
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No mate, you have reversed the polarity I think, loosen the starter bolts that hold the body together, and rotate it then tighten it and try again. when you put it back together it has not been put back the same, so the polarity is now reversed and it is spinning the wrong wway.
When you push the starter button you should hear a click , so you know the button is working.Follow the positive battery cable to the starter solenoid. Disconnect the two wires that activate the solenoid, test the two wires from the harness make sure the needle on your voltage meter jumps when you push the starter button, this means the button is good. Take a wire and jump the two posts on the solenoid or touch the two cables together. If your starter works, then you need a new solenoid. If you hold the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer and the starter works you need new starter brushes. Anything else wrong with the starter and you need to replace the starter assembly , the manufacturer does not make replacement parts for the starter. If the starter is spinning but the motor is not turning over then you have a problem with the one way clutch inside the motor. On the flywheel is a one-way clutch. It matches to a large starter gear that turns the motor over. If the smooth surface on the large starter gear has become chattered/no longer smooth the you will need to replace it and the three rollers in the starter clutch to make the starter grab and turn over the motor.
With no air in the tank, and the motor will not start indicates that the starter capacitor may have failed or the bearings of the motor are allowing the rotor/armature to lock against the stator. If your compressor has a belt, remove the belt and try the motor. If it still does not turn, try spinning the motor then turn on while still spinning (use caution). If continues to turn, most likely capacitor, if it stops /locks when you turn-on while spinning, check bearings. If your compressor is pump/motor together suspect bearing on the pump side of motor. Some motors have a primary start winding as well as a run winding. Inside the motor, there are contacts that my have welded together. Good luck
Your starter button is good. The starter spins when you bench test it. Take a piece of metal/wire and jump the solenoid terminals or just touch the battery cable to the starter cable together , if the starter works you need a new stater solenoid. If the starter is turning over but the engine is not, you need a new starter one way clutch and the gear it grabs inside the motor.
First of all make sure you need a clutch. If the clutch only slips for an instant when you let out the lever. You may only need a cable. You may be able to remove the clutch cover at the back of the motor(very very limited space). Unbolt the springs and remove the plates. It can be done on the 1100, with out unbolting the motor and spinning it for access. If there is enough room it would certainly save the time of removing carbs,radiator,left frame section, unbolting and spinning the motor to get better access.
Try taking it apart again and try to turn the motor by hand. It should spin freely. If it does you've probably got a bad motor. If it is stiff or doesn't turn at all, then you might have missed something putting it back together. I wouldn't think you can overtighten the blower, it is probably something else, and with it apart it should be easy to see.