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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-07-2019, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Wheezing sound at startup

The shop replaced the starter gear with no success now they are ordering a new starter motor. Anyone else have this problem or know what it could be?

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Pretty sure that's a known problem. Search around a bit. Others have referred to it as "honking" I think.

Here's the thread I was thinking of. Doesn't sound like a definitive answer was ever reached however.

https://www.z125owners.com/forum/eng...ter-noise.html

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I would be more worried about the clanking at the beginning than the wheeze. A total guess would be starter clutch. Like it is not letting go.
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I'm not sure what clanking you are talking about are you talking about the engine turning over? It sounds normal other than the weird starter sound.

They said if its not the starter motor they are going to replace the starter clutch. They are going to figure out what it is and I'll let you guys know for future reference
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I would be more worried about the clanking at the beginning than the wheeze. A total guess would be starter clutch. Like it is not letting go.
never mind i see what you are talking about. I compared the noise to another z startup
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The shop replaced the starter gear with no success now they are ordering a new starter motor. Anyone else have this problem or know what it could be?

https://youtu.be/6VgHYY1hbsY
common noise . If they replace the starter and you still have noise.

Kawi changed the part and number, Only see that on recalls so they know about it i'm guessin

If they put the org starter gear 16085A GEAR,IDLE,45T 16085-0662 in your bike again , might be why it still does it

may need to mention you saw this part number , they might not even know about it 16085A GEAR,IDLE,45T 16085-0663

Kawasaki site
https://www.kawasaki.com/Parts/Parts...2019/BR125JKFA

My dealership
https://veys.dealerspikeparts.com/oe.../starter-motor

Lots of info' here but were all still guessin
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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The dealership got it fixed.

After changing out the starter gears they ordered a starter motor.

They changed the starter motor yesterday and it DID fix the issue.

Replacing the starter motor was covered under warranty. They also needed to add new oil which they did free of charge
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Kaw'ee I confirmed they did put the new gear in there 16085-0663 and they said it was still having the issue. only after they changed the starter motor did the problem go away, according to them. The starter motor is a $223.77 part if you get it out of warranty

https://www.kawasakipartshouse.com/o.../starter-motor
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Looking at this diagram a second time, I see the gear AND the starter both have new part numbers... Makes me wonder if BOTH need to be replaced, and they start with the gear because it is a cheaper part to fix first incase that fixes the problem without needing to replace the starter motor.

I think if anyone else has this problem, Kawi will recommend the same thing... First change the gear, then if that doesn't fix it change the starter.

You can expect wait time around 16 days to get the whole thing fixed, depending on how fast they can get the parts to the shop. At least its free of charge. It also got rid of that weird clanking on startup, MrEvilPirate.
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Thanks for following up on the resolution ozcomz, very helpful for future owners with the same problem.

Glad the bike and your wallet are A-OK.
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