KLR Starter Stuck/Jammed?
After some searches on here I couldn't find the same issue that I'm having... so here it is:
Last week I replaced the Doohickey with Eagle Manufacturing's Doohickey and torsion spring. I've put about 350kms on the bike since with no problems but yesterday I started it up and I sounded like the battery was almost dead, but with a little choke it started up. I took it for a 30 min ride and turned it off. I tried to start it again and the starter wouldn't do it's job. My battery must be great since all the lights were full with no issues there, but the starter just wouldn't work. Have you ever held the chuck of an electric drill and heard that sound of the electric motor working fine but struggling to spin the chuck? That's the sound I'm getting. Here's what I think:
- The torsion spring has somehow popped out or jammed the large starter gear in some way.
- The starter is dead (but sounds like it has full power?!)
- Could the balancer chain be too tight? - Not sure if that makes sense...
- Could one of the starter gears have been moved out of place? (I double checked my installation and all was good...)
It really seems like a case of the starter being jammed up somehow. I jump-started the bike to get it back home, so at least we know everything else is good. I'll take the bike apart this weekend but some input from the family would be great!
Last edited by AVID; 29 May 2012 at 15:52.