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Starter,I have put a starter clutch drive in and it still kicks out

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  • patricia_lik Aug 31, 2010

    I have changed the solenoid the bike is a 94

  • patricia_lik Aug 31, 2010

    Everything spins it just kicks out after it engages,could it be a relay


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What year and model is your Harley? Have you check the solenoid?

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    Nate Stansfield Aug 31, 2010

    The bad news: it's your starter (sprague) clutch.

    The worse news: You have to pull the engine apart to replace it.

    The good news: You might not have to replace it.

    lot of times, this happens due to sludge build up in the crankcase oil.
    And if that is the cause, it's easy (and cheap) to fix.

    Go out
    and buy a can or two of Seafoam from your nearest NAPA or other
    automotive store, along with lots of motorcycle oil and a couple of
    Try changing you oil and pour half a can of Seafoam into the crankcase. Go out and ride for
    half an hour, come back, change the filter and drain the oil. It will be
    filthy, as the Seafoam dissolves the sludge and deposits in your
    crankcase. Re-fill the crankcase with fresh oil, another half a can of
    Seafoam, and go ride again. Come back, drain the oil again, refill with
    clean, and change the filter again. If the starter problem was sludge
    (and chances are that it is), it should have improved markedly. If it's
    still not perfect, try the Seafoam treatment another couple times.

    The usual cause is it is not lubricated externally or interneally. On the inside there is a magnetized pisoton and bracket that gets energized when provided with power, this piston pushes a bar that pushes up the agitator in the starter that pushes against the cluth to make it spin

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Aug 31, 2010

    Is the rod spinning and just not the toothed gear not spinning? Or is nothing spinning?

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Aug 31, 2010

    It very well could be a relay. They could cause this.


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