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On my 88HD Fxstc the starter will not ingage.starter spins ok bat. OK How can I fix I lost my shop manul

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If the starter spins but the engine does not turn over, usually it's a bad starter drive (Bendix). On the 88 year model there is a solenoid that pulls the starter drive into engagement with the ring gear on the outer clutch drum. Inspect this linkage. Look for a broken pin that holds the return spring on (return spring in the bottom of the primary) or a broken "Y" piece that moves the starter drive outward. If the starter bendix is bad, it will turn freely in either direction while holding the shaft from turning. It should turn freely in one direction and lock up in the other. This test is not conclusive as you cannot put the same amount of resistance on the drive as your engine can. The little nut on the end of the starter shaft has left handed threads on it. Chuck the starter drive in a vise with aluminum jaw protectors on it and remove the nut. The starter drive (Bendix) will slide right off. Buy a good replacement, not the cheap Chinese junk. Accel or OEM

Posted on Sep 22, 2009

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    Philip Vail Apr 09, 2014

    this was my problem also thanks



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