Main Motorcycle: Bonneville T100, 2006
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Starter motor blues...
I recently tried to remove my starter motor, in order to get access to the threaded plugs behind it, that were leaking oil.
As some know, it's a tight fit, and, it turns out - for a 2006 T100 - that the exhaust header needs to come off first, and probably the line to the oil cooler. Disproportionate effort for the problem, clearly.
Well, I did neither of those things, but was able to struggle through partial dis-assembly of the starter motor (removal of the 2 long bolts), sufficient to get access to the plugs, which were only finger tight, while lying in a steadily increasing pool of dirty oil.
I Teflon-taped the plugs, replaced them - they don't really tighten up that much, and I feared they may go right through. I then slid back the starter motor housing, and replaced all 4 bolts.
Problem is that now, while I can hear the starter motor running, it is not engaging with the fly wheel. It purrs quietly, but that's it.
Any ideas? Surely I can't have somehow busted the $900 starter motor ...