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I have an 86 Yamaha Virago 535. While warming up the bike, the starter button got stuck. It ran for about a minute before I realized it. Now the bike will not start. All the light turn on, etc... (new battery). Did i burn out the starter??? Second problem - bike iss running rough - I was told by a mechanic that the carburator Diaphrams might be old. They look fine but I don't know what to look for. Any help is appreciated. HQ hqchq@yahoo.com

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The starter setup on those Viragoes are not that bad to do. The only thing I don't like about it is the the pinion gear. The pinion gear is also a clutch. When they get old they can either jam or slip. It sounds like the starter is damaged. Check starting system before installing the new starter. You want to make sure there isn't a short. Replace the little clutch setup too I believe it is sold seperately.

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