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Yamaha not going, makes clicking noise(sounds like it's in the rear drum)

Ok, here is the deal. I have a 2004 Yamaha V star 650, everything was fine and then the other day I went to take off from a red light and blam! nothing...My bike kept revving up like it was in neutral, but would not go. I pushed it to the side, the gears seem to shift(at least the neutral light clicks on when I pass the gear) but still not going anywhere! I'm pretty much in a panic mode right now. I pushed it down to the garage and it makes a weird noise every time it rolls(like a clicking noise that sounds like it's coming from the rear drum on the back tire). It looks as if some oil has been leaking too towards the front. Also, when I crank it up and rev it...it makes a weird noise, like something is rattling around. Does anybody know what the heck just happened to my bike?? Please, I need help, it's my only way of transportation and I am just burnt. Is it fixable or am I just better off throwing it away at a junk yard so I can atleast get some kind of money out of it????

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Hi, Anonymous sounds like you broke a u-joint in your rear drive for this scenario you will need your service/owners manual if you can't find the first and best tool you ever bought for your Yamaha, despair not, for a mere zero $ you can download another one. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
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SOURCE: gearbox 'clank', and someting sounding like it is loose

This will become more dangerous over time. Go to your dealer. This will be cheaper than an (uninsured) crash when you cannot drive out of trouble because you ignored your broken gearbox. This will invalidate your insurance.

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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SOURCE: gearbox 'clank', and someting sounding like it is loose

Sorry but it's not loose, you have a bad shifting fork. The first gear fork is going or gone which causes the mis-shifting. You are hearing the clutch basket most likely. With the backlash in the gearbox you can get a noise coming from the clutch hub coming lose from the primary drive gear it is attached to. I also believe there is a chain for the harmonic balancer that needs to be adjusted. It makes a nasty noise and sounds like the engine is almost grinding when it does it. The noise will go away under accelleration.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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SOURCE: v star 650 final drive noise

I have an 03 as well with 47K on it and recently had it go out for the SECOND time. I talked with the dealer who talked with Yamaha directly and was told that if the u-joint at the front of the drive shaft gets tight that it will cause this issue. A known issue, no mention of this in the maintenance of the bike, and Yamaha is unwilling to do anything about it. The first time mine went out the splines on the coupler and rear shaft were dust, and NO lub anywhere near them. When I replaced it the shop packed the coupler with bearing grease before assembling again, and when it dies this time there was no lube anywhere. No visible leakage either. I have no idea where it went.
Rather messed up that a "bullet proof" system as I haev been told by many dealers, has this issue, is known by Yamaha, and nothing is being done for the majority of us.
My solution: Get rid of the bike and do not buy another Yamaha!

Posted on Oct 16, 2009

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Make sure the battery is fully charged and the battery connections are free of corrosion and tight. A fully charged 12 volt battery should read at least 13.25 volts. Also check the fuses, making sure each one is not 'blown' and is making proper electrical contact in the fuse box.
If the above items are correct but it still won't crank over with the electric starter, locate the starter solenoid and - using a large screwdriver - carefully touch it across the two large cable connections on the top. If the starter spins over, then you've got a bad starter solenoid. If you've got voltage to the top of the solenoid and the starter still doesn't spin, then you've got either a bad starter motor or a bad electrical connection going to it.

Posted on Nov 03, 2009

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SOURCE: starter works but gears seem to free spin, wont crank engine

sounds like the sprag clutch has failed. If you can see the large gear that sits behind the rotor and its turning but the rotor isnt turning the sprag clutch has failed. Very costly. usualy you would have a missed start eg not engaging every now and then before this fails all together.

Posted on Jul 01, 2010

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