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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2016, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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No turn over

Some times my 96 vulcan will not turn over when I press the start button. If I put it in gear and move it around a bit it starts right up.
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Might be a loose wire for the ignition switch that makes contact when you move it around. Or possible dead spot on the starter. Also check your kick stand safety switch to make sure it moves freely. That's a good place to start.

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All dash lights come on like normal, it has always started with the kickstand down in the past. How do I go about checking out for a dead spot in the starter?
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You would have to take the starter apart and test the armature. With the one-way clutch on the starter, I'm not sure if turning the engine would turn the starter or not. The clutch is there to keep the engine from turning the starter, but just a nudge can be enough to get past a dead spot.

Does seem to be a bad connection somewhere. Do you hear a click from anywhere at all when it won't turn over?

Mine would sometimes act the same way, then one day it never would turn over. Testing showed the start button worked, but the relay in the Junction Box wasn't working. I eventually did the Two-Wire Mod which bypasses the start relay in the JB, it's been good ever since.

I guess one way to rule out the starter next time it fails to crank ... Jump across the terminals on the starter solenoid (right sidecover) and see if the starter kicks in.

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It could be the ignition switch. On mine, if I turn the key out too far clockwise, then it won't start, meaning no click or turning over at all. However, if I turn it counterclockwise just a bit, then it would turn on. Also if my handlebar is turn all the way to the right, then it won't also start.

You could try to start the bike with the handle bar in various position to see if it starts. Also try starting it with the key in different position. Obviously it still has to be in the on range of course. Just slightly turn the key left or right to see if that helps.

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It could be the ignition switch. On mine, if I turn the key out too far clockwise, then it won't start, meaning no click or turning over at all. However, if I turn it counterclockwise just a bit, then it would turn on. Also if my handlebar is turn all the way to the right, then it won't also start.

You could try to start the bike with the handle bar in various position to see if it starts. Also try starting it with the key in different position. Obviously it still has to be in the on range of course. Just slightly turn the key left or right to see if that helps.
Did your dash lights still work when that happened? Might be something for Roy to watch for. No dash lights, switch isn't "on".

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loose/bad wire on neutral switch, or clutch switch.

side stand switch dont affect starting

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Did your dash lights still work when that happened? Might be something for Roy to watch for. No dash lights, switch isn't "on".
The dash lights were still on . Only thing was that pushing the start button did nothing. Then when I turn the key a little counterclockwise, then it would turn on.

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