2008 Fat Bob FXDF My starter is beginning to grind intermittently, only when hot. Could this be a starter clutch, a starter, a compensator? Is there a good way to tell which one (or more than one)? Thanks. Dave
A bad starter clutch doesn’t grind. It makes a wining sound.
Grinding is more indicative of the need for starter ring gear & starter bendix gear replacement.
Your starter clutch is also the starter Bendix.
The compensator assembly on your HD isn’t the greatest design. There is a spring assembly that begins to fail. It is part of the rotor of the charging system. An expensive part to replace. If interested, Baker has a replacement compensator assembly that is a one time fix.
Make sure you are using a quality, fully charged, known good battery.
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