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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-15-2017, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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2008 Prowler 650 Starting problem

Okay, so I have a 2008 Prowler 650 that will not start. It turns over really slow so I suspect either a battery issue, which I am going to test the battery, or a starter dragging. How do I get to the starter? Also, how does the center console between the seats come out? This thing has covers everywhere, am I going to have to pretty much disassemble everything to get to the darn starter?

I did a search on here but did not come up with any answers on removing the starter, so figured I would ask..

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-15-2017, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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I figured out how to get the console out.... duh.. just lifts out. And what ya know, there is the starter. Easy Peasy. So I figured that out. However, I want to turn the motor over by hand to rule out any crank bearings giving me an issue. There is a plastic engine cover on the right side. If I take that off, how much oil if any will I lose? I imagine there is a bolt or nut under that cover that will let me turn the motor over by hand, right?
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Welcome to the forum! No oil will leak out, and a 15mm wrench will fit the nut! That is how I bring mine up on the timing mark! You can get a free downloaded service manual at K&T Lawn Equipment.

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welcome to the house Breeze ..

many a good wrench on here for you unit ... the one above has quick release fasteners on his whole unit , takes it down to bare block once a week just to clean it and swap out non worn parts for other non worn parts as his garage is lined with cabinets of parts.

please refer to newly instruction in my signature lines.
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2009 Prowler XTZ , couple things added here and there
'83 CJ7 / SBC + whole lot added here and there
'01 Dodge / Cummins / Dually, a ton of stuff added here and there

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NEWBIES ...
1. Bring in a good load of firewood for the pit
2. start the morning coffee , strong but not burnt / boiled down , IMPORTANT start it early as many of us old farts get up early !!
3. sit a spell and swap some lies with the best of us
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The 650's have tiny little batteries that take a lot of abuse, they don't last long at all. Mine turns over slow, if its not used a lot, I have it on a battery tender all the time when its sitting. And the starter will kick out, until the cam shaft rolls to the compression release button. Once the compression releases, it turns over better and starts fast. I haven't installed a car battery, yet. But I am, soon. Quick way to test the bottom end.... Pull the spark plug and get the compression off the piston. If it spins over good and has no knocks in the lower end, it may just be the battery. The charging system on these is WEAK! 27 amps/hour is all they charge. Some of us have added alternators. I love it! But still need a bigger battery to hold the juice.
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welcome to the house Breeze ..

many a good wrench on here for you unit ... the one above has quick release fasteners on his whole unit , takes it down to bare block once a week just to clean it and swap out non worn parts for other non worn parts as his garage is lined with cabinets of parts.

please refer to newly instruction in my signature lines.

Turns out it is the starter. Took the starter out and took it apart, brushes were burnt pretty good. Cleaned up the brushes and armature but its too far gone. So we are going to replace it. Thanks for all the advice.

Oh, and the coffee is made for all you old farts, which I am an old fart as well so I am going to sit here on the log in front of the fire with that is burning the wood I brought in and enjoy this fresh cup of coffee...
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Glad you got it fixed!

2009 700EFI XTX, , AC Winch, 2010 Dust Shield EPI Sport Utility Clutch Kit , Street Legal, Cage chopped 2 ", Aluminum Diamond Plate Trim, Relocated Factory Bladders with covers, 5 Pt. Harness installed, Bed Tiedown System, Scat Pro-Car Seats, Secondary Battery installed, Oil Pressure, Oil/CVT Temperature, Volt Meter & Water Temp Gauges installed with Dash Plate, Bighorns, ITP Black 212 Wheels. Tonneau cover. 750 Big Bore Kit, Web Cam, and Rocker Arms.

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thanks for the coffee it's what gets the OLD body working , I'm an early raiser usually between 2-4 AM .... raised on a Dairy farm and never broken the pattern

glad you picked out the problem and are in process of fixing it. these are tough rig and over very capable one as well. mine[listed below] has been a tank and no major issues yet. wish I could say the same for my body lol

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2009 Prowler XTZ , couple things added here and there
'83 CJ7 / SBC + whole lot added here and there
'01 Dodge / Cummins / Dually, a ton of stuff added here and there

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1. Bring in a good load of firewood for the pit
2. start the morning coffee , strong but not burnt / boiled down , IMPORTANT start it early as many of us old farts get up early !!
3. sit a spell and swap some lies with the best of us
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