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2004 R1150RT starter noise


Shane J.

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My wife's bike when cold,the starter make's a light grinding noise when the starter button is released. Doesn't always do it and seldom when warm. Bike starts fine. Any advice?

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Sounds like the starter's bendix is not pulling the starter gear back out of engagement quickly smoothly. Not uncommon; typically just accumulated dirt. Requires nothing more than pulling the starter out, removing the nose cone and cleaning/lubricating the mechanism. I did the same thing a couple months ago on my son's R100 and the release noise was gone.

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As Mark mentions, this is a common condition and relatively easy fix. THIS DOCUMENT comes from the "M/C FAQ" page (tab in the top banner) in the "BMW R11xx Sticking Starter Service" sticky. It'll walk you through the procedure with picture goodness.

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In addition to the cleaning, I find that gently stretching out the solenoid spring is helpful. I think it gets a little soft over time and a bit of extra spring compression helps on release of the starter button.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Used the same process for cleaning/lubing mine last Friday night. Got it done in less than an hour. 2nd time around for this job on my 72k 2004 RT.

 

Sounds like new again.

 

RPG

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