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1981 GL1100I -- Starter will not work



Starter would start but every now and then would slow down while turning.

Stopped to get gas one day and when I went to start it up it turned over a couple of times and then stopped. I can hear a clicking from the solenoid when I engage the starter button.



Push started the bike and got home safe.


I read in one of the post's to connect a pair of jumper cables from the + side of the battery to the starter plug nut,I did that with no results. Does this mean that my starter is bad? If so does anyone have good instructions on how to replace my starter? Trying to save a little money can Irebuild it? How can you tell what type of rebuild the starter will need , just brushes or mechanical?



Any help would be appreciated.



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It probably only needs brushes and a cleaning. Do a search for starter removal, probably is in the post index.
 

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Remember that just because the solenoid is clicking doesn't mean it is working. It could still be the solenoid.
 

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:waving:Check the votltage at the starter and if there is at least 10-10.5 volts while trying to start then you definitely have starter issues. Removing the starter and cleaning it thoroughly and installing new brushes as needed should bring the starter back to life.

If there is at least 10-10.5 volts at the starter that means that the solenoid is OK.
 

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Had this same issue as well, got the starter reconditioned (needed as starter had overheated from continual slow starting causing desolder issues) and all is well, bike has never started so well.:action:
 

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My 83 GL1100 had similar symptoms...The solenoid went click click and nothing....folks here advised replacing the solenoid which I did last week and now she starts like a charm:). Hope this is the same solution for you.
 

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My 83 GL1100 had similar symptoms...The solenoid went click click and nothing....folks here advised replacing the solenoid which I did last week and now she starts like a charm:). Hope this is the same solution for you.
:waving:When troubleshooting a starter problem start at the terminal on the starter and check for voltage at this point while pushing the start button. If you have voltage at the starter, roughly 10.5 Volts, then there are problems with the starter whereas if there is no voltage at the starter then go to the solenoid.
 

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Just checked the voltage at the starter and it was 10.78 when I pushed the starter button, heard a click and no starter movement. Ordering a starter rebuild kit today.

Thanks Guy's.
 

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Hay Mr. magic Fingers - You did a great job with this starter cleaning series. It will help me out greatly. Can I ask what type of Grease you used when you did the rebuild? Can I use reqular bearing grease or do I need to use a special electrical grease?



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Thanks for your comments!

I tried to cover all bases in that atricle but I guess I forgot to cover the topic of grease.

I used extra heavey duty bearing grease put out by Lucas. But really, any thick grease that is good for higher temps should be O.K.

The only reason why you would want the higher temp grease is so it will not melt out from the heat of the engine. Lets face it, the gears only rotate a few seconds at a time.

Good luck with your fix!!

Tim.
 
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