In the last week or so, my '99 LT (18K miles) has been starting sluggishly. Temps are no different than what they were last year at this time and I had no problems there. Oil is 20w-50 and never seemed to be an issue before (and may not be in this case either)..
Anyway, two days ago, the starter turned over the engine much slower than usual, but it fired up on the 2nd try. Same thing yesterday, but I started thinking about getting a new battery ASAP. However, I needed to take the bike to work. So all is well, until later yesterday I went to the gas station. It started fine (albeit slowly) going there, but after I filled up, the starter barely turned over the engine. All misc. electronics were off, and I had lights and fuel pump sound, just no juice to turn over. So I let it sit for 5 minutes while I waited for the garage mechanic to bring out the jump starter. Just before I hooked up the jump starter, I tried it one last time...surprise! It started!
On the way home I purchased a new battery (identical to what I had - which BTW was original 1999). When I got home, I parked it, stopped the motor, and just for kicks, tried to start it again. No Joy
So, out came the old battery and in with the new and I hooked it up to my Battery Tender..all is well to charge overnight
This AM, green light on Charger, bike starts better, but not like it did a few months back. I rode it to work and all seemed well. I stopped the bike and 2 minutes later, tried restarting it. It turned over extremely slow
but started up. ARRGGGH..
Question for the masses...Do you guys think my starter motor is shot? I only have 18K on the bike, and there are no loose connections that I can see. I do not ride in the rain, so corrosion should not be an issue. I don't believe its oil weight as the slow turnover happens when the engine is hot or cold.
If it is a starter, how much time and $$ will it cost for me to do it?