Motorcycle

Motorcycle questions? Ask a mechanic.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

The starter on my '86 Suzuki Cavalcade spins, it even registers…

Customer Question
The starter on my...
The starter on my '86 Suzuki Cavalcade spins, it even registers on thee tach, but doesn't engage the engine. On top of that the starter motor will not come out with the bolts removed.
How do I get the motor out and what is broken?
Mike
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Motorcycle
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Answered in 3 hours by:
5/26/2015
Motorcycle Mechanic: Wayne S., Motorcycle Mechanic replied 3 years ago
Wayne S.
Wayne S., Motorcycle Mechanic
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 1,255
Experience: Experienced and Licensed Motorcycle Mechanic - all sizes and brands welcome.
Verified

Welcome,


Hi, you just have to pull the starter motor
straight out once the bolts are out.
It has an o-ring fitted on the end as a seal
and it takes some steady pull to get it out.
Don't try to wiggle it too much, the hole is tight
with the o-ring in there. Pull it straight and even
and it should start to move.
Your starter pinion or drive is likely the problem.
They work like a one-way clutch and the unit
gets worn over time. Much like the starter drive or
"bendix" drive on a automobile.
Let me know what you need.
-----
Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
I ordered a used starter pinion since new isn't available. It didn't solve the problem. Could it be electrical? I found a mouse nest in the upper right portion of the fairing. Mice chew wires. Or could it be the starter? I jumper'ed again and something still spins.Mike
Motorcycle Mechanic: Wayne S., Motorcycle Mechanic replied 3 years ago
That is very strange, it sounds like the starter is
turning but not turning the engine over?
The starter runs the pinion which is directly geared
to the flywheel rotor when engaged.
The only thing I can think of is
that the rotor gear is loose which is unlikely
or that the rotor itself has stripped a key
and is slipping on the crankshaft.
Some engines use a one way clutch behind the rotor
which can slip if the rollers and springs are damaged.
That's about all it could be as the pinion is the usual
problem. My money is on the stripped rotor key for now.
----
Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
After checking all that I could I put it back together and jumper'ed from the battery to the starter. The starter engaged the pinion and I heard it engage the rotor but nothing else. No sound or any indication the motor tried to turn over. I figured the battery didn't have enough juice to do it. Installed a new battery and it turned over immediately. It would seem I had a discombooberated, as in calcified, 2 yr. old, $120, maintenance free battery. And the shop I bought it from is no longer in business.Thanks for your help. Even though it wasn't the problem I learned a bit more about my bike.***** *****
Motorcycle Mechanic: Wayne S., Motorcycle Mechanic replied 3 years ago
If you got it going that is great, at least
it got a good checkover in the process.
Enjoy riding!
WS
----
Ask Your Own Motorcycle Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a motorcycle mechanicLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Wayne S. Your Own Question
Wayne S.
Wayne S.
Wayne S., Motorcycle Mechanic
Category: Motorcycle
Satisfied Customers: 1,255
1,255 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Experienced and Licensed Motorcycle Mechanic - all sizes and brands welcome.

Wayne S. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Jeff Policky

Jeff Policky

Motorcycle Mechanic

2,425 satisfied customers

Yamaha Gold, Suzuki Gold, Honda Bronze, Polaris Bronze, BRP

Louie

Louie

Technician

1,408 satisfied customers

25+ yrs. experience

TIMOTO

TIMOTO

Motorcycle Mechanic

1,245 satisfied customers

Honda registered technician, silver level award, former Kawasaki/Suzuki tech, 40+ years exp.

Andre Pilon

Andre Pilon

Motorcycle Mechanic

1,032 satisfied customers

Over 25 years experience, ICS, MMI, Owned shop for 12 years, worked tech-support for Harley Davidson

Kenny O.

Kenny O.

Motorcycle, ATV, Mules, Side by Side's Product Specialist. All Brands

619 satisfied customers

Worked for Kawasaki Motors as a Product Support Specialist (Factory Support) for 24 years

asphaltcycles

asphaltcycles

Motorcycle Mechanic

468 satisfied customers

I operate a motorcycle dealership and CCS Ducati Race team.

Glenn Adams II

Glenn Adams II

Motorcycle/ATV Technician

393 satisfied customers

6 years Motorcycle/ATV/Water Craft; 4 years auto; 18 years carpenter

< Previous | Next >

Related Motorcycle Questions
I have a 2011 hyosung GV650 classic which I would like to
I have a 2011 hyosung GV650 classic which I would like to fit a tacho do. where can I connect the signal wire to? does the ECU have a tacho lead? … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
I replaced my compensator sprocket, clutch assembly and
I replaced my compensator sprocket, clutch assembly and starter. started the bike. no more clunk... one block into my test ride realized i could not down shift. what do I look at now? … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
It is a Honda Goldwing, not a car. 1997 1500 SE. Changed
changed alot of parts associated with the fuel and cleaned out the tank for several days. … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
Looking at buying an 05 harley 1200 custom in great shape
Looking at buying an 05 harley 1200 custom in great shape with 37k miles. Yesterday when I was listening to it idle up close to the engine I could hear the crankshaft turning. Is that normal? It's bee… read more
kwiggins29059
kwiggins29059
Associate Degree
219 satisfied customers
How do you change the main fuse holder from the battery on a
How do you change the main fuse holder from the battery on a 2007 sportster 1200 Low. Laura … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
I have a 2001 Suzuki Volusia, it starts and runs ok but when
I have a 2001 Suzuki Volusia, it starts and runs ok but when I put it in gear, it quits running. … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
My BMW R65 runs very rough at low speed. It's constantly
My BMW R65 runs very rough at low speed. It's constantly stalling and surges back and forth between high and low RPMs when I try to go faster. … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
Rear cylinder dry black carbon foul after 20 miles on new
rear cylinder dry black carbon foul after 20 miles on new screaming eagle plugs … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
I have a 2003 Kawasaki with a backfiring problem and it
I have a 2003 Kawasaki with a backfiring problem and it won't start it a kz 1200 … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
I've just got my “new” motorcycle and right under the horn
Hi! I've just got my “new” motorcycle and right under the horn is a button that says PA, it does nothing if I press it wether the bike is on or not.… read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
1998 flhtcui (efi) need help replacing broken throttle
1998 flhtcui (efi) need help replacing broken throttle cable … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
I have been noticing some slight bucking while I'm riding
I have been noticing some slight bucking while I'm riding yesterday I noticed that my speedometer wasn't working It was bouncing around a little bit but mostly it was on 0 my turn signals don't turn o… read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
A new one on me: 1987 Honda VT1100. Rear cylinder plugs
A new one on me: 1987 Honda VT1100. Rear cylinder plugs fire/cylinder runs ONLY when starting, soon as I let go of the 'start' button, cylinder dies. I've learned this by pulling the plug wires off th… read more
kwiggins29059
kwiggins29059
Associate Degree
219 satisfied customers
When fuel pump is running gas leaks from the over flow tube.
When fuel pump is running gas leaks from the over flow tube. Bike as set for about 2 months. I want to get fixed and sell. Any suggestions without removing carbs? … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
2006 by 1800. Starts ok, but when I go to shift Into 1st
2006 by 1800. Starts ok , but when I go to shift Into 1st gear the engine stops … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
I have a 2003 Dyna Low Rider and usage of the key fob seems
I have a 2003 Dyna Low Rider and usage of the key fob seems to disable my right turn signal while displaying a key icon on my speedometer. Any ideas?… read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
Having a problem with my Can AM Maverick X3. When pressing
Having a problem with my Can AM Maverick X3. When pressing the start button, it just clicks - no start. … read more
Louie
Louie
Technician
Associate Degree
1,408 satisfied customers
I have a 2000 road. My 2000 road is making a clicking sound
My 2000 road king is making a clicking sound from the starter relay when you hit the start button. Ford tha … read more
Steve
Steve
I&C technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,115 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x