raptor motor problems
I was out riding today. I would not say i was beating on it, but i was ridding pretty hard. Trails/ sand pit. I started to hear a small ticking noise from it. For some reason i did not think much of it. Well neadless to say it started to get worse and i headed home. On the way home it started to turn into a light rap. I shut it down to look for something wrong. nothing. went to start it and it would not turn over. It sounded like the starter was not engaged. I could hear the starter motor turning, but not the engine. I towed it home. I pulled the little cover off of the end of the starter. Then took off the gears that went from the starter gear, to the gear on the crank. didn't see anything to be wrong. I took the side cover off the motor. Behind the balancer( i believe that is what it is), there is a gear that connects through another gear to the starter. It spins freely on the crank in both directions. in one direction, it makes a tapping noise, but still spins free. I am guessing that is the noise i was hearing. I am not sure what to do now. I was going to pull the balancer and see what i found, but i wanted to ask a few questions first. by the way, this is and 02 raptor with maybe 50-75 hours on it. Sorry for this being so long, i just wanted to explain all that i did.