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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-17-2008, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Just a click!!!

Had my bike put away for a couple of years and am trying to get her back running. My problem is she won't start. I have changed out the gas and put in a new battery now all I get is a single click and nothing the running lights are on(not the headlamp though). The wires seem ok, but I am far from a mechanic and very clueless, any suggestions?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-17-2008, 11:30 AM
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Make sure the battery is fully charged, ( they usually aren't from the store) and that your connections are clean and tight. then check the solenoid.

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Battery good

Battery is charged and ok. I am just clueless.
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Did you have the new battery load tested when you got it? If not, take it to a battery shop and have it done. Unfortunately even new batteries can be defective. Once you know the battery is good, then you can start tracking down other possible problems. The head lamp won't come on until the engine turns over, that's normal.

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Spray some starting fluid in the air cleaners then try to push start in 2nd gear. My guess is the starter relay, starter motor, or starter button may be at fault. Let us know what your results are...

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The click is from your solenoid (starter relay - the round metal cannister-like thing on the right side of the battery case, sitting in its own rubber sleeve). No smoke or anything with that click? Ha ha - where there's smoke, there's usually a short somewhere.

Given that it was running before, and all you've done is put in new gas and a new battery, then you can narrow down the areas to look for. Most of the time - especially under these conditions - it's something pretty simple. So, check your wires to the battery leads - are they cinched down on the battery terminals? How's the ground wire coming off the negative terminal (it should be grounded to the frame - make sure it's clean and has good contact with the frame)? Is the positive terminal fully covered by the red rubber sleeve? How does the black wire from the solenoid look at the starter where it connects? Clean, tight, rubber sleeve fully on?

Two other things I'm thinking: first, the headlight won't come on until the bike starts up, so that's normal and a good sign. Don't worry about that. But is the bike in neutral? For real? If in doubt, pull in the clutch lever.

Also, also - make sure your spark plug wires are on nice and tight.

Good luck and keep us posted. My money is on something simple and straightforward.

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After doing all that Cindy stated above and if your still only getting the solenoid click you might also want to check to make sure that you don't have any crud build up on the shaft and gears of the starter. Try taking a rubber mallet smack the starter a few times. I say this because you stated your bike has set for years and starters will seize in wetter climates due to rust build up on the bendix.

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A quick test on the starter motor: connect a jumper to the starter side on the solenoid, pull the clutch for saftey, touch the other end of the jumper to the positive terminal of the battery the starter motor should turn over, if not check out the starter (slight trick, rap easily on the starter with a hammer [ appologies to Corbins365] if the internal was stuck this might break it free.
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A quick test on the starter motor: connect a jumper to the starter side on the solenoid, pull the clutch for saftey, touch the other end of the jumper to the positive terminal of the battery the starter motor should turn over, if not check out the starter (slight trick, rap easily on the starter with a hammer [ appologies to Corbins365] if the internal was stuck this might break it free.
lol I actually have tapped the new/used starter with a rubber mallet a few times, just in case. It was more the sledgehammer that I was eyeballing...

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