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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Starter lead grounding out

A little history: I bought my Vulcan knowing it had an issue starting, it would only start when jumped. I ordered the starter rebuild kit and new solenoid, and while I was waiting on them to arrive I did the coil relay mod and it fired right up. A couple of thousand miles and a ton of starts later, it's having issues starting without jumped. It turns out that the starter lead goes to ground in the starter itself. I get no resistance between the frame and the post on the starter, and I get 13.4 volts from the battery hot to the post on the starter. This would explain the drop in voltage and the battery drain when I hit the start button.

Would the contents of the starter rebuild kit remedy this?

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I did pull the lead off the starter and confirmed that the lead isn't grounded anywhere between the solenoid and the starter.

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Click through these. The 'w' shaped thingy is what connects to the back side of the hot post on the starter. I want to say there is a small paper gasket that separates the starter case from the hot lead but I just don't remember. But I will say that these starters are pretty solid and while we always want to go to the starter for the problem, (it's easy to get to), usually that isn't it.






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need a clarification on where the meter leads are when your measuring the voltage from battery to the positive lug on starter...

if you are infact one lead on positive of battery, and other on starter, then you will get battery voltage showing, until you press starter button. then it should drop to near zero

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