In my last blog I talked about my first steps to repairing the starter system on my XS70E. I talked about testing the solenoid and battery. The next step I had to undergo was testing the starter motor. This whole process is described below.
Removing the Starter
Before removal, the crankcase breather hose and oil pump line
need to be disconnected and moved to the side.
The starter motor on the XS750E rests under the carburetor which sits just under the gas tank. Essentially, the starter motor sits on top of the oil pan and is covered by a piece of plastic. The starter motor location is depicted in Figure 1. Also notice that I pointed out the crankcase breather hose and the oil pump line in Figure 1. These two lines needed to be disconnected and moved off to the side in order to remove the starter cover and starter.
Upon the first removal, this area may be dirty and need cleaning.
With all of the connections and bolts removed I began to disengage the starter motor from the starter clutch. In order to do this, I pushed the starter motor away from the clutch, towards the crankcase breather hose. This took some force, but I finally felt the gears slip apart as the starter motor popped loose (you can also use a pipe and hammer to tap on the end of the starter to pop it loose, but be very gentle). With the gears disengaged, I had to twist and lift the motor to get it out completely. I found the best method for removing the starter to be lifting the the far end as much as possible while wiggling the whole motor right and left. With enough fiddling, the starter popped out and I was able to manipulate it out of the cramped space of it's enclosure. Figure 3 depicts the starter motor location with the motor removed entirely. Notice that I left the electrical connection where it was so that I could use it for testing later on.