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I have a 1984 Honda Shadow 500C. that when first starting in the morning, the starter just spins and doesn't engage anything. After several attempts it will finally start and then is fine all day long. Next morning the same thing happens again. Any ideas Barry

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Yep, its a common problem. The pinion gear on the starter is sticking and will need to be removed, cleaned and tested. If it is worn out then have it replaced.

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