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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.

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Your on the right track there's a bushing in the outer primary, when your running a dry clutch the starter jack shaft has no lubrication. So add a smear of anti seize compound.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

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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