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Just bought a 79 Goldwing!!!! Road it about 100 miles home from where i bought it! Great ride for her virgin run with me that is.Now it wont start. Ive done some reading here and looks like i need to get out the volt meter and do a little feeling around! dont really think its the starter clutch (Worst case seems Possible)the bike started 5 or 6 times (lagged alittle) thought maybe battery orbad connection,before i even bought it. ive must have rattled some wires loose on the ridehomeor just bad wires all together. Now the starter just spins and makes a pritty nasty screeching noise. This is my first post, love the site, and i am willing to learn as much as people are willing to post. Thanks
 

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Lets try this. Dump your oil & change your filter. Re load clean oil & add around 6 oz of sea foam to the oil. The sea foam will act as an engine flush which will free up sticky internal parts. It is safe for clutches as well. It is available at napa , Sometimes at Wal-mart . Pour around 1/4 can into your fuel.

Now, roll start your wing & take it for a good run. When you come back home, the sea foam will have cleaned up your sprag clutch enough where it should operate properly.

Your starter might need a brush kit as well. Starters take 10 or 15 minutes to pull off the engine, you dont have to pull the motor like the book sais!!!

Re change oil after 200 miles, Change your timing belts if you cant verify the age!!!!!
 

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hatchetman wrote:
Lets try this. Dump your oil & change your filter. Re load clean oil & add around 6 oz of sea foam to the oil. The sea foam will act as an engine flush which will free up sticky internal parts. It is safe for clutches as well. It is available at napa , Sometimes at Wal-mart . Pour around 1/4 can into your fuel.

Now, roll start your wing & take it for a good run. When you come back home, the sea foam will have cleaned up your sprag clutch enough where it should operate properly.

Your starter might need a brush kit as well. Starters take 10 or 15 minutes to pull off the engine, you dont have to pull the motor like the book sais!!!

Re change oil after 200 miles, Change your timing belts if you cant verify the age!!!!!
I`ll second that !
 

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:action:Thanks guys. Ill update asap
 

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Hi Snake Jake!

Welcome to the best board around for theGoldwing!!

Your starter is quite easy to overhaul. Try this link to the FAQ section.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum9/73447.html

Give you system a good dose of seafoam in the gas and the oil. That stuff is a miracle in a can!

Tim.
 

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Worked great! Each day that goes by starts better. Its been two days without push start. Seafoam is worth a try for anyone trying to get an old starting clutch un-stuck. Thanks for all the help guys!
 

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this is a very common problem with the "olde-wings".... when I ride mine regularly it starts usually okay... but let it sit a month or two (I have another bike which is my daily rider) and it will do this. kind of a whirr, and then a clunk as it engages



most common reason is a little bit of sludge and the oil having drained away from the starter bearing
 

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Having suffered this problem myself I must also chime in with take off the alternator cap and make sure the alternator bolt is tight.

Okay and pleaase make sure you have the kill switch in the right position.

Please make sure the petcock is turned on.

It's always the simple things that make me feel the stupidest. You know, like forgetting its MY birthday when the family starts to sing happy birthday to you. (don't ask)

Here is a trick I learned to make them come unstuck for a moment. If you hit the starter button and get that whirrrr of the starter spinning but not engaging the clutch. Simply put the bike in 2nd gear and pull the bike backwards a foot or so ... Just enough to hear the transmission move. So that it turns over the engine. Then put it in neutral and hit the starter again. The clutch should now engage properly.

Now still do the seafoam oil treatment, but my trick is good for us old handicapped guys like me who cant push a wing forwards far enough and fast enough to start it. just pull it backwards 1 foot and it will start.
 
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