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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-05-2004, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Clicking when trying to start

I posted this on the yahoo vn750 forums as well.. but here goes, maybe you guys know whats wrong :-)

I just bought my used 1999 VN 750 and started it up today. I followed
the seller home yesterday and it ran beautifully. It started right up
today and I ran it up and down the alley to get a feel for it. I
stalled it quite a few times.. and the last time I stalled I tried to
start back up and it would give a throaty try and then rather than
kicking over it just started clicking (at the top of the cylinder
under the seat)..

I turned it off and made sure it wasn't in gear.. turned the key,
tried all different choke settings.. but every time I press the
starter I get a bunch of clicking coming from the top of the engine
under the from of the seat area.. anyone know what I can do to fix this?

Let me know if there's any other info I can give you, though I'm not
sure what else to add :-)

-Jared
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Re: Clicking when trying to start

Jared...welcome!
Do you get any lights on the dash when you turn the key??? If you cycled the battery a number of times by stalling you may just have drained it too much.
First thing I'd do is check it....take the seat off (two bolts in the trunk) and make sure it is full of water if OEM & fully charged. If it is the add-water type, get rid of it as soon as you can and get a MaintFree one....you'll hear loads abt this soon, I'm sure.
Then make sure the connections are good on the battery...esp the ground.
Same for the starter motor on top of the oil filter...
I would also spray some contact cleaner/lube in the key slot.
Keep us posted....
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Re: Clicking when trying to start

I have had the same or similar problem. There is a unit (I can't recall its name) on the right side of the battery case that when a wire is disconnected from it, it makes a clicking noise near where you are describing when I tried to start the bike.
Go around and check all your wires and plugs under the seat and make sure they are secure while you are there.

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Re: Clicking when trying to start

If you kept killing it and cranking it to restart, you probably just drained the battery to the point that the solenoid is clicking instead of applying power to the starter. Try charging the battery and retrying. This should do the trick. If still no luck with a fully charged battery, you probably need a solenoid. When you get it started again, make sure your charging system is up to snuff by measuring voltage with it running. You should see at least mid 13's volts.
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Re: Clicking when trying to start

Well I took the seat off and the battery looked pretty bad.. there was a lot of corrosion on the left side (although the connection points werent that bad at all).. the battery case that the battery slips into was eaten away on the left side where all the corrosion was..

it *is* the fill-with-distilled-water type battery.. think grabbing a brand new maint. free battery like jm1515 suggested and throwing it in there oughta do the trick? i did stall it quite a bit and didn't go very far when I was riding :-) I did get console lights, but perhaps i'll try a new battery

Thanks guys, i'll keep you updated! :-)

-Jared

oh by the way, I was so excited about the bike this morning that I took some pictures, if you want to have a look here they are:

http://www.jplacek.com/suzieq/10052004/
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Re: Clicking when trying to start

Nice bike, man.. Looks like the windshield mounts could use a little work though...
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Yeah, don't mind the duct tape or the bungee cords :-) once I'm through dropping the bike (eek) and feel comfortable on it.. and my fiance does the same (we're sharing the bike to learn), we'll replace things like the windshield, grips, speedo covering (can you replace this?) and stuff.. I'd like to replace the levers even sooner (I got a nice pic of the makeshift clutch lever, eww)

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What's that clutch made of? And is it really on the wrong side, or does it just look like it?
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Re: Clicking when trying to start

Maybe it just looks that way because the wheel is locked left? dunno..

i'm not sure what i'ts made out of, besides black duct tape.. it's much longer than it should be, but it works :-) i'll be replacing this very soon though as it won't pass inspection as is
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Re: Clicking when trying to start

I see you live in my area. The MVA is quite anal about inspections, so I'd advise looking over the State Police's inspection book before even taking it in. I'm a car mechanic (not an inspector yet) and I have our copy at work to look through to see what will pass or not on my bike. This may save you some money if you can get things taken care of before paying the ridiculous money to get it inspected...
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