03-15-2009, 05:59 PM #1
SL 750 - Starter Terminal shorting against Exhaust Pipe
Just came back from helping my friend try and start his SL750 he got for $200 bucks.
Finally got it started but came across a weird problem. We were racking our brains on why the starter didn't want to turn over and we finally found that the starter terminal was touching the pipe!! We loosened the pipe and then slipped the rubber boot over the starter terminal. Finally turned over and ran like a champ.
I don't really want to leave it like this as I think that the terminal is too close to the pipe. Or is this normal? I am worried that it might wear through the rubber and cause the same problem again.
The starter was also black so I guess it was replaced. Is it possible to install the starter in the wrong position? From what I remeber there is only one way it can fit.
Also a secondary question... The MFD seems to always flash Low Power even with a good battery, any suggestions to that? Below what voltage does the low power come on?
03-15-2009, 06:11 PM #2
How far out does the bolt stick out of the starter? What yr is it? I had enough room between the bolt and pipe that I could put a boxed end wrench on the nut to tighten the connection. I'd say it was 3/8 to 1/2" from the pipe. My 780 had more room than that. The bolts on my starters stick out about 9/16".
The mfd can be reset. Try the info here.
03-15-2009, 06:26 PM #3
Thanks for the MFD tip, I forgot about doing that
As for the clearance, there was none, no way could a wrench fit in!
Is is a 1995 SL750 with an aftermarket starter (I'm assuming because the starter is black)
I guess I'll pull the pipe and manifold and maybe trim back the terminal or see if can be rotated or something.
03-15-2009, 06:36 PM #4
Does the bolt stick out from the nut? My 95 650s bolt was flush w/the nut when tight as well as the 780s. If the bolt sticks out past the nut, cut the bolt back some. Both of my starters are oem (quite sure) and black.
03-15-2009, 06:43 PM #5
I think the starters on both my 1994s are blue But is seems all the used ones on ebay are black so I guess I am wrong.
If the bolt protudes from the nut I will cut it flush. Got to pull the exhaust to get a better view. Just curious if anyone else had this problem.
03-15-2009, 06:46 PM #6
You might even be able to find a thinner nut to put on it and gain some more clearance then cut the stud?
03-15-2009, 09:27 PM #7
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The clearance problem is not normal, the black starter is.
Maybe the starter was replaced with an aftermarket one. That may be the cause of the long stud issue. I'd cut it down like mentioned before.
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