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So yesterday I went to go for a ride on my Grizzly 700 and I turned the key on and pressed the start button and nothing happened and the engine light lit up whenever the start button was pressed. All the electronics worked but I checked the battery just to make sure. The battery was fine, so then my uncle told me to tap on the starter so I tapped on the starter and it worked. (It only has 1,300 miles on the 4 wheeler)
So I'm wondering if I might need to get a new starter soon, or what could cause this problem. Like is there a solenoid and if there is then is that what is causing the issue or is it just the starter itself?
 

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Some years had starters where the magnets would come off internally and cause starting issues. Don't know what years.
 
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I have a 2009 Grizzly 700 FI Hunter edition
 

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Order a new starter. I have a 2012 700 that had that issue with the starter at 2800 miles. My 2016 Wolverine Rspec did the same thing about 4 months ago at 2000 miles. The Wolvy(now sold) was still under warranty so it got replaced no charge. I have a 2017 Viking that I just ordered a starter for this week. It's still working but it's on the way out as it has a very loud screech after it starts regardless of temperature.
 

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I guess I'll just wait till the starter stops working completely, because I don't want to have to spend $190 on a new starter.
Especially since I don't have much income coming in right now.
 

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There have been a number of discussions on here in the past year or so about starters and starter problems. I paid $160 for an OEM starter (Partzilla) for my 2012 last Summer. If I recall correctly, there are some guys on here that have had good luck with cheaper aftermarket options (@reogem I think...) I ordered a Niche starter for $59 for my Viking and it should be here tomorrow. I've had decent luck with their axles and their starter comes with a 2 year warranty. Most of the other cheap options have a 30 or 60 day so I'm going to give it a try. There's no doubt that my Viking's starter is going out soon. My 16 Wolverine spent the majority of 2020 in the shop - that's why it's gone down the road. I bought the Viking a month ago as a replacement and I don't want to be down with repairs this summer.
 

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How come Yahmaha seems to have so many problems with there starters?
Also I noticed that a new oem starter for a 2021 Grizzly and a 2009 Grizzly are the exact same starter.
Do the new oem starters last longer than the one that originally came on the 2009 Grizzly's?
 

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I guess I'll just wait till the starter stops working completely, because I don't want to have to spend $190 on a new starter.
Especially since I don't have much income coming in right now.
Personally, I'd get one now and get it out of the way. They could very well be one of the things that's on 3 month backorder by the time it completely quits on you.
 
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Its not if, but when, and the where might really suck.
 
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I've got 4 more 4 wheelers so I don't really care where it breaks down or when necessarily because I can just use one of our other 4 wheelers to get it back home.
Thats a major positive of only using them on an orchard is that if it breaks down, as long as it can still role then it's not a problem.
Most likely what will happen is we'll wait until we start to sell some fruit that we are growing then we'll replace the starter.
 

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IIRC, The starter issues didn't start until after 2011, the last year made in Japan. The later years the magnets de-bonded/came apart. OIther issues were decompression spring failures causing the starters to overload. It being a 2009 with really low mileage/hours I wouldn't swap out the starter until you know for sure. That being said I wouldn't want to leave my Grizzly in the woods. For reference my 2011 700 Hunter Edition Grizzly has had no starter issues and still has the original battery at 10,000+ miles, 1000+ hours, 10 years.
 

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IIRC, The starter issues didn't start until after 2011, the last year made in Japan. The later years the magnets de-bonded/came apart. OIther issues were decompression spring failures causing the starters to overload. It being a 2009 with really low mileage/hours I wouldn't swap out the starter until you know for sure. That being said I wouldn't want to leave my Grizzly in the woods. For reference my 2011 700 Hunter Edition Grizzly has had no starter issues and still has the original battery at 10,000+ miles, 1000+ hours, 10 years.
Thanks for the information about the starters, and I wouldn't leave it in the woods I'd pull it back home.
 

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Something you should realize is just because your ATV has really low hours, it is still 12 years old. Age is your issue. Your starter motor is at least 12 years, with 12 years of possible corrosion build up. Glues and adhesives break down, rubber breaks down (seals, bushings, etc), metals will flake apart.

In most cases, letting a machine sit for long periods of time between uses is worse for it than using it lots.
 

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@whybeare123...If it is fact the starter and not the wiring or relay. There is a few alternative to fix your issue.
Pull the starter apart and clean the brushes and holder. The OEM starters made by Mitsuba for the most part are very reliable. They are expose to harsh conditions, very high heat and rough pounding. Because they are sealed all of the debris from arcing and wear accumulates in the case. The assembly could have corrosion and debris interfering with the brushes making contact with the commutator. Doing this will also allow you to clean and tighten the cable. Also inspect, clean and tighten the ground connections.

You could order just the brush holder assembly from Yamaha.
I buy AM starters from Fleet Alternator and Starter. I also buy from DB Electric.


I replaced the starter on my 2013 700 @23000±miles.
Recently replaced the start on my Queens 2016 708 at 16000 miles. That starter didn't fail it did seem weak. Now that I did a valve adjustment on her machine I believe the starter may have been ok. I'll need to open it up for an inspection.

I traded a 2016 708 at 15k miles, a 2011 450 at 14k miles and sold a 2005 660 at 13k miles all with no starter issues.

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The starter hasn't had a problem at all since we tapped on it 7 days ago.
 

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Sounds like an electrical/connection problem.
 

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Never mind 🤦‍♂️ it stopped working again, so I'm going to say that it's going to be a recurring issue until I get a new starter.
 
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