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Starter motor spinning but not the engine...

Discussion in 'Tech Q&A' started by Old-Gramps, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. Old-Gramps

    Old-Gramps Well-Known Member

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    This is the strangest yet, thing to happen since I have owned the XCT from new.... Haven't ridden it for about two and 1/2 months and decided to go for a ride this arvo as the weather is getting a tad cooler, been too hot to ride here.....

    I got all dressed in jacket and usual riding gear, backed bike out and then went to start it. Title tells the tale. Plenty fuel, battery well over twelve volts, about 12 1/2 volts, I would guesstamate. Being on battery maintainer/charger all the time not ridden as per usual.

    When starter switch pressed the starter motor spins but nothing else, so I do suspect a disconnection to it some how. When the starter switch is let go of, it immediately drops to 0 volts and rapidly returns to the previous reading. I also suspect the amperes of the battery as well as the garage did get fairly hot the last couple of months, but this has never happened before, ever.

    Any suggestions as to maybe the ecm is cooked or battery, or whatever would be appreciated. Need HC on the case.....

    EDIT.....
    Just went out and tried it again as it has really cooled down now, there is a distinct click click in the circuitry somewhere....

    Gramps....
     
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    If the starter is spinning, sound like the sprag or the stater clutch isn't holding
     
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    If the starter spins and doesn't grab the starter sprag clutch is blown and needs replacement. If you hit the starter button and just get a click it's probably the battery.
     
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    Long time no see @Old-Gramps good to hear from you.

    First I think the battery needs to be load tested. If that checks out ok your looking at the starter sprag as mentioned.
     
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    Yes I feel it is the battery, hoping so anyway as parts are going to be hard to get here..... After my last edit a while back I took my multi tester out and checked, plenty of volts but sweet buggar all amps....

    OH! Yea thanks for the welcoming words to you and the others....
     
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    If battery load tests good & all ya get is clicking it’s usually the solenoid. Pauljp did a video in which he cross referenced the part to Polaris Sportsman 700 part # 4012001.
     
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    Crazy that the " Victory " unit is $70 more.

    Last one I bought was $12 to the door.
     
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    Good to see you here, and out riding (well, trying, anyway).
     
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    Yea at the very most I am hoping it is the battery as that I can fix easy, the rest, well I haven't had to lift a spanner to this bike since new except the fairing to add some electrics and that was back at least 5 years ago..... I have found a shop that does the annual servicing and checking out of all the parts like clutch and cables etc.... It has made me real lazy.....
     
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    Of course, as you know, these things do all kind of strange things when the power delivery get wonky. I thought mine was on it's last legs about a month ago while trying to ride it. Just a battery going bad.
     
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    My 13 still has the OEM battery. I can still listen to the radio for a half hour or more paddling around in the driveway. Think it's time to order one, atleast to have on the shelf.
     
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    After a short discussion with my brother about this, I am convinced it is the battery as he did say unless the battery is under load every now and then and not as I do, leave it sit for up to 3 and four months sometimes, the battery tend to die with exactly the symptoms I described to him....

    Went to take the battery out just a 1/2 hour ago and the top left, facing the bike's front end, screw would not budge and then the hex key damaged the hex head of the screw and now I can't get it out.... I do not have any ezi-out tools or anything like that and could not possibly get to it with a hack saw and put a groove into it so I could use a blade screw driver on it.... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

    I am a little hesitant to use a cold chisel on it to make a groove what with the **** metal that the screw and the front cowel or whatever it is called, is made of....
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    Vice grips are your friend.
     
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    I had to get all 4 of those screws out for a brother recently. I used a good small punch and a small ballpeen hammer. This is an effective method but requires some real determination.

    I got all 4 out without damaging anything.

    You want to start by driving the punch straight in to create a devitt in the ball head section of the screw. Once you have the devitt established you can start to increase the angle of the punch clockwise to drive the screw counterclockwise.
     
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    Give the Allen socket a couple good hammer blows to make sure it's all the way in. If totally stripped try hammering in a slightly bigger torx bit. PB Blaster or the like the day before wouldn't hurt.
     
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