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How can i manually check if starter sprag gear is knackered as i think starter motor is problem as it turns over slowly causing a chattering noise like the sprag is engaging and disengaging bike is 1996 speed triple

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The starter is deffinately 'dragging'.
Chances are that it has dropped a bush.
I'm not sure if Yamaha does a servie kit for the starter, but your local dealer will give you that info.

Most good auto electricians should be able to assist you.

To test the starter, place a multi metre across the battery terminals(the battery must be fully charged). Crank the motor and check how many amps the starter is drawing. Anything more than 30 amps is a sure sign of a failing starter.

Good luck


Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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SOURCE: starter motor turn but wont engage

It has a starter clutch on the fly wheel. You will need to remove the left side case cove to access it. You will need to pull the flywheel with a puller as the starter clutch is behind the flywheel

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Pull out on the lever and push it toward the front of the bike, hard if necessary. Rock the bike while pushing. If the bike comes out of gear it should start. The bike will not start while the lever is up.
Probably need to replace the switch behind the lever. Don't test it, just replace it.

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SOURCE: 04 crf 250r.... the head has a chattering noise when running

Any chance the valve spring has collapsed? Cam shaft thrust washers missing? Cam shaft bearing gone bad?
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SOURCE: starter drive gear wont engage on a HD fxrs

Sounds to me like the "overrunning clutch" is bad. You'll have to remove the starter and disassemble it. The starter drive is part #31663-90 according to the latest V-Twin book I have. It may have a different number on your 2000 model.

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