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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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550 indy starter problem

The last day I rode my 2014 550 Indy LXT back in January (in Minnesota) the starter failed to engage all the way and made a terribly loud screeching/grinding noise when I hit the starter button. I let go then gave it another try, the second time it engaged normally and the engine started and ran fine. I put the sled away that night for the year then forgot about it when I flew back home to WA.

The battery was in good condition and fully charged as far as I know. When the starter engages properly the engine turns over rapidly. Might there be a loose connection on the starter that keeps it from fully engaging? Thanks.

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I would suspect the bendix that engages the ring on the primary is sticking. Sometimes a good cleaning will clear that up.

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Yeah just pull it and see whats up?
I beet a good cleaning and it will be fine!
If you feel better about it, take in to your local auto electric repair shop!
They can check out the bushings and brushes?
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Probably just needs a cleaning. The spring also can get mangled and is replaceable. 50 cents for that part.


Could also be that the gears were just in the wrong position and just grind that one time, may never happen again.

Or it could be that the bolts holding the starter on have come loose. Tighten it all up and see what happens.

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Thanks guys.

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