Turning but not starting-- 86 K75C
So last week it happened to rain for 3 days straight, and for all three of those the K sat outside my garage under a motorcycle cover (I swear I could hear it crying). Well on the fourth day I was excited to finally get back on and take the ride to school in the way it was meant to be. Well I got all loaded up and went to start it up and all I got was some lousy, slow, painful engine cranks. Very low battery. So I cursed it up, unloaded and made the trip in the cage while the battery sat on the tender while I was away.
Got back that night and went to see how the battery was coming. Turned the key, flicked the killswitch, saw all the lights coming on as usual for startup, oil pressure, temperature, battery, speedo lights, clock, and the choke, but when I hit that start button all I got was more empty cranks-- albeit with more gusto from the freshly charged battery. Turned over a few more times and gave it up. I heard the fuel pump running and a few (and by few I mean 2 or 3 non consecutive) puffs from the engine but not enough to get her started.
I figure that since it had been sitting in the rain for a couple of days it had to be something electrical. For some reason the first thing I thought about was the starter brushes. Mostly because I have been noticing the engine cranking more and more slowly as time goes on, and at night I can see the battery light in the dash glowing a bit more than I would expect, especially when I hit the brakes. Bad ground? (and might explain slowing cranking?) So I popped out the started and went to open it up today... only to find the screws totally stuck in place (and borderline stripped). I've had the screws soaking in WD40 all day with no effect. So before I go any further with that...
Do you guys think it would be wise to check some other things while I'm at it? Not real excited for a whole teardown so soon after the last spline lube a few weeks ago, but if I have to then I have to.