76 shovelhead,when you hit starter button,and release it the motor will keep turning over
When you hit starter button the motor will keep turning over you have to take one of the battery terminals off to stop it,I even bypassed the button and went to the solenoid post and starter post it did the same thing,I just put a brand new solenoid on it,no change,I have even switched with another solenoid I have it is a used one but I know it was a good one I have taken apart the solenoid,spring,inspected it everything looks normal,I don't know what to make out of it,I was thinking could the outer primary cover you know the shaft part that goes into the outer primary,I don't know does anyone have a idea of any kind I would appreciate it.
Testimonial: "The only thing is I don't have a dry clutch,but I was thinking the bushing or the outer primary maybe it is putting the shaft of solenoid in a bind,I don't know I am just trying to figure this out it has happened once before and I fixed it but for the life of me I forgot what I did.So I appreciate any ideas."
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This Harley is 35 years old! Any bike or car of that genre is entitled to have used-up its starter. But Harleys, of course, can be easily repaired.
First, be certain your battery is healthy and that both your battery and starter have good, clean ground connections (a common problem on older machines). Check the starter's positive battery connection as well. Of course, you must also confirm that your engine is willing to turn over (no seized piston, failed bearing, stuck valves or bent push rods).
Next, go online or to a dealer and purchase a shop manual. The $30-$40 price will be recouped in saved labor costs on your very first repair. The manual will guide you in trouble-shooting the starter, starter solenoid, general wiring system, and anything else you want to repair on your machine. You will learn a lot and have fun!
Sorry but my expertise and knowledge does not go back that far, on newer bikes you would press in both turn signal switches at the same time and ten release them simultaneously as well. Please post the answer as a comment when you find it. Thanks
it sounds like the contacts inside the starter solenoid are burnt together . Check this by removing the battery lead and using a multimeter check for continuity across the major poles of the starter . If you have it then replace the solenoid.
To remove the starter from your Shovelhead, first disconnect the battery and take it out of the battery tray. Remove the battery tray, two bolts that bolt to the oil tank and the rubber mounts. Take the battery cable off the starter motor and take the bracket that supports the rear of the starter motor off. The bracket is bolted to the transmission and the rear of the starter motor. Take the remaining long bolt out of the starter. Work the starer out of the starter drive housing. Do not allow the starter motor to come apart as the two long slender bolts that you removed also hold the sections of the motor together. The same when you install the new motor. It will come apart and unless you've got some experience in getting the brush holder back on the armature, it can be a problem. Don't let the motor come apart.
Thirty over is nothing. I just finished a rebuilt on a 1970 model and we went 0.050" over on it. It was already at 30 over and the pistons scored.
Anyway, don't use one of these cheap Chinese made bendix's. Get an ACCEL. They may be made in China but they're better. You can't get good Shovelhead parts anymore.
Now, before you put the outer primary back on, use your hand and operate the fork that shifts the bendix into engagement with the ring gear. Does it engage like it's supposed to. You'll probably have to turn it just a bit. Now, do it again with the outer primary on. Does it still engage smoothly?
Now, here's the cause of most starter grinding problems on a shovel. The starter, ring gear, and outer primary are all out of alignment. The starter housing, the one with the big gear in it is supposed to have alignment pins in it as well as the outer primary. These pins are to ensure that the starter drive and the ring gear are properly aligned with each other. With the starter and outer primary on, you should be able to pull on the plunger of the solenoid and the starter drive engage fully and smoothly. Also don't forget the large brass washer. This keeps the drive from going too far.
If you're worried about low voltage, take the battery to an automotive parts store and ask them to load test the battery. If it drops below 10 volts, buy a new battery.
do a draw test on the starter hook a voltmeter to your batt and hit the starter button if it drops to2or3 volts then comes back up when button is released you need a starter it should only drop to about 6 volts under load
do you have commpression releases on your motor if not you may need to in stall this will ease the stress off your starter and your motor will turn over easier if you do have the releases not sure what you may need to do without hearing the drag to determine if gearing is issue
sounds like starter solenoid is staying energized sending continued power to starter. need to make sure you plugged the right wire from the starter button and not another hot wire w/ fulltime hot. also if thats ok need to test for power turning off to solenoid when releasing button. if thats ok try tapping on solenoid. lastly, make sure your positive cable from battery is hooked to starter solenoid, then another hot cable(longer) hooks from solenoid to starter, if you hook long hot cable directly from starter to battery, starter will continueous spin.