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Motorcycle Starter repair for 1994 hd 88 cubic inch evo motor

My starter is not engaging the motor. It spins but wont turn over the motor. I have taken the first one out and replaced it with a loaner from a buddy. It worked about 15 times and started doing the same thing just spinning and clicking but not engaging the motor. So I had the original bench tested its fine so I put it back in and it work about 12 times. Same thing all over again. What do I do it has me a a bunch of my buddies lost.

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  • loudashell Jan 16, 2009

    1998 Softail Custom:

    starter spins but will not engage motor this has happened only a few times before but always reengaged and started the bike tonight I tried to get out for a ride and it would not engage at all only spining and the battery is new

    more than enouph juice is getting to the starter.

  • DynaKing Feb 24, 2009

    Harley FXDS Conv. 1340cc. starter spins but takes its time engaging. It always starts though. Sometimes it will engage immediately, but only after a short stop on a long ride. It is getting worse as time goes by.

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Check the battery if the starter tested good the starter spining and clicking and not engaging the starter suggest the solonoid is suspect it kicks the starter out might be going bad. BATTERY is the common factor with the three starters working about the same lenght of time

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