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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-20-2009, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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clicking when starting.

my bike has been great for the past few months. today... went to work and when i got out, tried to start it, and it just clicked.

i have a voltmeter permanently attached and i know the charging system is fine... i get at least 14.5 volts around 5-6K RPM.

i'll make sure the battery wires are attached firmly at both ends tomorrow, but what are some other possible causes of this phenomenon? the battery is not old... maybe a year... and i ride often.

could be a bad battery? could be the solenoid? starter? what's the most likely cause?

bike has 45K miles on it.

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My experience is that clicking is a battery with no charge in it.
Or it could be poor connections.
Jumper cables from your car can determine that. If it starts with a jump then you need to find out why the year-old battery is draining.
If it's a wet-cell battery, could be low fluid level in the battery. If so, get one of the sealed glass-mat batteries these guys on this site keep talking about.
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If you still have 12 to 12.5 volts before trying to start, I would say the battery is probably ok, and you probably have a poor ground. Remove bolt from battery cable to the frame on the left side, and from cable on frame`s right side down to the back of the engine. Clean all 3 areas off with a piece of emery cloth or sandpaper, and put a little dielectric grease on the connector and bolt threads when reassembling, to keep the moisture out and corrosion away. Also check and apply dielectric grease to the connections on the battery terminals.

With the key turned on, if it still doesn`t start, but the solenoid/relay is clicking, try using a heavy guage wire or jumper cable to jump the contacts on the solenoid. Alternately you can try to jump it directly from the positive battery post down to the starter connection post. Ground the battery negitive post to the frame too with the other jumper cable, just for good measure.

You can also try boosting the battery with a car.

Try this and let us know how it works out. If it is still a no start proposition, we will go from there.

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if it is a dead battery i wouldn't recommend charging a battery completely with our charging system its a lot of pull on our already weak charging system... put the batt on a charger for a few hours and load test it... (most parts places will test for free )

most wetcells last for 1 year and water need to be checked every month _____... if its questionable or bad or i recomend just because get an AGM batt...



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thanks for the responses, gentlemen.

well, not sure what to say. went out this afternoon and the bike started right up. no choke... hit the starter button... fired right up. it was warm today, so maybe that helped things.

i rode about 50 miles today and the charging system was fine... 14-5-15V.

so... i'm not sure. guess last night was a fluke? maybe the battery is going bad? i do have a mf battery... maybe it's time to get a new one.

anyway... if anyone has other ideas, let me know. my main concern is getting stuck somewhere... never a fun thing.

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thanks for the responses, gentlemen.

well, not sure what to say. went out this afternoon and the bike started right up. no choke... hit the starter button... fired right up. it was warm today, so maybe that helped things.

i rode about 50 miles today and the charging system was fine... 14-5-15V.

so... i'm not sure. guess last night was a fluke? maybe the battery is going bad? i do have a mf battery... maybe it's time to get a new one.

anyway... if anyone has other ideas, let me know. my main concern is getting stuck somewhere... never a fun thing.
just run down and get the batt tested it could give u a lot of piece of mind...
by chance when u parked it did u lock the handle bars in the P position (leavin the parking llights on ) maybe check the connections in the ignition make sure its clickin all the way off..



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If your battery is good, I'm willing to bet you've got some crud on the starter motor and it needs to be cleaned up, especially the electrical contacts. Clean them up good and apply some dielectric grease to the contacts before reconnecting.

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Hey Paul, I think you probably have some bad connections somewhere, maybe a dirty ground, or even a burned spot on the starter like was suggested before. I'd never consider it a fluke. If it happened once, it will happen again til you find the culprit!

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fergy... i wish you weren't right in this instance.

i just walked my @ss home from the convenience store about a mile away.

going to be driving the van until i figure out what's wrong with justice.

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Hey Paul, can you describe exactly what happened this time? Was the starter clicking again? Can you get a battery reading from a voltmeter now? Let's figure this thing out for you.

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