Harley Davidson Electra-Glide 1985 FLHT start clutch drive problem.
Symptoms: When starter button is pressed there is a click and nothing happens or the starter drive tries to engage and then does not stay engaged. There is a lot of racket and noise like gears grinding. After several tries it sometimes stays engaged with the flywheel long enough to turn the engine over but jumps out and spins before the engine can to start.
Is this a starter drive problem? What else could cause this problem and what is the fix? Could the solenoid be part of the problem? If you press the start button and it just clicks and sounds like the starter drive gear does not align with the flywheel and does nothing, I cross the lugs at the starter relay and it throws the starter clutch drive gear into the flywheel and tries to start but will not stay engaged to turn the engine or just spins.
I found a heavy duty big twin Accel Starter Drive OEM number 31443-65A in JP Cycles catalog. Is there an upgrade for this to eliminate the problem? Is there a later model upgrade that would bolt on that would eliminate the problem as well? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
I have a video on “YouTube” showing the problem with the primary cover removed. The link is;
YouTube - ‪MichaelCoyMusic's Channel‬‏