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Old 12-12-2010, 08:54 AM   #1
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2000 Panther 550 E-start

Hello everyone

working on my sisters 2000 Panther.
last year the E-start stopped working, the starter motor still spins but does not turn the engine over.

after looking under the hood i can see the small gear on the end of the starter motor has fallen off.

is this a common problem on this model of sled?
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:13 PM   #2
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This can happen! The small gear which is supposed to be attached to the starter motor is the one that actually drives the shaft which spins the bendix.

On my 2000 Triple Touring the small C Clip came off the end of the starter motor so the gear came off. This was my fault because the original C clip went flying off when I tried to reinstall it on the new starter motor.

Goodness knows where it ended up so I used what I had (Saturday night of course) so I could go riding the next day.

You will find both in the belly pan. Use a flexable magnet and you will find them both.

If everything works out you sould be able to slide it back in place on the machine.

I cant on mine because under my hood is filled with pipes.

Good luck and one thing to keep in mind, those starter motors are prone to failure, especially the brushes.

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looked a bit more at the starter.
i believe the starter motor is finished, atleast the bearings.
i can grab the end of the shaft where the gear goes and wiggle it around LOTS...
also, when the starter spins it makes a nasty dry, worn out bearing noise.
the end of the starter shaft where the gear goes also looks like it's worn.

can these starters be rebuilt?
how much for a new one from the dealer?
ones on ebay any good?

thanks everyone.
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