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Once or twice a week, I have problems with the starter. I push the button and hear the starter spinning but nothing else happens. Hit the button a couple of times and it catches and starts. This problem appeared after I started using AMSOIL. Is the sprague clutch having problems catching with this slick oil or do I have a more serious problem? 2005 VTX 1300 R

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I seriously doubt the brand of oil you use is going to affect the starter. If you are hearing the starter spin but only get sporadic engagement, the starter's bendix may be worn and needs to be replaced. There is a VTX forum you can go to with all manner of VTX guys there to answer your questions. The url is:

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