Starter Hang-up

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by brittrunyon, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. brittrunyon

    brittrunyon R 100 GS F 650 GS

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    I have a Nippondenso starter in a '92 GS that I installed in 2007, 25k miles ago.
    With the change in the weather, that is Winter, and the cold morning starts, the starter engages but seems to hang-up in that position for a few seconds.
    When the bike or the outside temperature is warm it's starts normally.
    Is this a sign of shelling out $ for a new starter? :cry
    Or might it just need a good cleaning? :D
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  2. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    Clean and grease the bendix gear.
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  3. motosavant

    motosavant Master Lurker

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    Yep,that should do it.If not,I'll be glad to have a look at it.
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  4. brittrunyon

    brittrunyon R 100 GS F 650 GS

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    So I know I can clean & grease the bendix gear (engages with fly wheel) without disassembling the starter, that's easy.
    But should the investigation go a step further?
    I found this link http://advwisdom.hogranch.com/Wisdom/squeaking_starter.pdf but thats a Valeo starter.
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  5. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    After 6-7 years of operation it might be a good idea to disassemble, inspect, clean and lubricate the starter.

    --Bill
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  6. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i agree. my earlier comment was more directed at the portion of the gear that is inside the housing, not just the external bendix gear. you can see the internal part that twists when the start engages the flywheel in page 7 of the pdf you linked at the top of the page.

    the pdf is for a valeo, but the ND starter is very similar, at least to an airhead valeo. the one for the 1150gs appears to be a bit different.



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  7. brittrunyon

    brittrunyon R 100 GS F 650 GS

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    Thanks for the offer!

    .....but I going where I've never gone before........... inside my starter.

    My first question, is there printed assistance (other than the afore mentioned pdf) for the uninformed about dismantling, inspecting & cleaning a Nippondenso starter?
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  8. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    if you folllow the directions in the clymer manual for taking apart a valeo that was fitted to airheads you'll be pretty close. otherwise see if rick at ME has directions that are specific to the ND starter.


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