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I have an intermittent issue with the electric starter on my '06 LX150. Periodically it will just whirr but not engage the flywheel teeth. I can always eventually make it work by repeatedly pressing the starter button, but it happens just often enough to be annoying.

I have already done the routine fixes by adding a new battery and confirming the starter circuitry is functioning properly. The entire issue seems to be the bendix being sticky and not engaging. I have heard of fixing this by actually going in and manually lubing the starter gear.

My question is, is there a simple method to getting lube into the proper area without dissasembling the sideplate and removing the clutch assembly?

Also, is there a recommeded repair I can make myself?

Thanks!
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Lube isn't the issue - the bendix is actually supposed to be dry. However, some muckite inevitably gets in amongst it after time, and then it'll need cleaning. Happens to all of them eventually, if they aren't routinely cleaned at belt-check/change time.

So open up the transmission cover, take the outer driving pulley off, remove bendix and clean it thoroughly.
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countglockula wrote:
My question is, is there a simple method to getting lube into the proper area without dissasembling the sideplate and removing the clutch assembly?
Nope.
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Thanks... will tear it down next week.

Cheers!
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Ah the 2006 LX-150 bendix issue. Aside from cleaning the starter gears, upgrade the battery to a 12v-12a variety and that will help to alleviate the problem. Make sure the battery fits. Later model LX's were switched to the more efficient cranking power of 12amps. Another quick fix on the road....(and yes this has worked on more than one 2006 LX model), is to lean the scoot as far over as possible to the starter side to let gravity assist in making contact with cranking gears. Do this carefully with very little throttle. Hopefully you will not have so much fuel in your tank that it runs out the overfill valve and floods the dreaded emission system. That is if the emission system is still intact...Hint, Hint.
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Had this problem on my GTS125 with a sticky starter (even on my 2009 model).

The 'gravity assist' that Notdeadyet recommends will help your starting for a while but its a pain to do this everytime when really you know you need to fix it!

As above, Danny tipped me off on the videos and MV threads (really helpful)and from that I opened her up and did the job fine.

Here's the thread on mine and the dirty bendix pics
Starter motor not engaging Vespa 125 GTS

Good luck
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if there is voltage at the starter leads, your starter motor may need to be taken apart. the positive contact could come loose on the inside.

this is what happened to my 09 s150 and I could not figure out what was wrong.
it was $300 or take apart starter.

resolder and good to go
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