How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Steve Your Own Question
Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 6912
Experience:  30+ yrs. experience, MMI, HD technician, HD early, engine rebuild/performance, bike builder, kit bike program manager, CCI 2001-2004
Type Your Motorcycle Question Here...
Steve is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have 2008 Ultra classic, completely stock, starter has

Customer Question

I have 2008 Ultra classic, completely stock, starter has been making grinding noise, now free spins and will not engage the motor. I am reading about SE c
JA: Where exactly do you think the noise is coming from? And how long has this been going on?
Customer: compensator, might I have two issues?
JA: Are you fixing your Classic yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Starter drive area, about one year, I have 50,000 miles
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Read my manual, currently removed starter
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Steve replied 10 days ago.

the starter cannot energize unless it engages the engine.

the problem you have is, your starter clutch is bad. the grinding noise you had was notice it was failing.

your starter is rebuildable. replace part number 29 this link

I recommend, if doing that, you also consider rebuilding the solenoid and replacing the brushes in the motor.

or, you can replace the starter assembly.

let me know if you need more help.


Related Motorcycle Questions