Starter or solenoid!!

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Starter or solenoid!!

Postby Briankc43 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:19 pm

I've got a 79 GL1000 and I ordered a replacement solenoid for it as mine was just clicking away with nothing from the starter. When I bridged the solenoid with a screwdriver, turned right over. So today I decided to go ahead and yank the starter and give it a good thorough cleaning while I was at it. Using the "removal cleaning and reinstalling" how-to here, seemed to go off without a hitch. Everything cleaned up nice, brushes were okay, no broken wires so I put it back together, reinstalled it and went on with solenoid replacement. Got the new solenoid in and now when I try to turn the engine over, all I get is a buzzing from the solenoid. I'm wondering if I could have put the solenoid in backwards, if I somehow jacked up my starter. I don't know what's going on, all I know is I'm freaking out because I just went bike-only in the transportation department and now it won't start. Please help. Thanks.

Brian Knight
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Re: Starter or solenoid!!

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:11 am

As I remember,the 2 terminals closest to the studs on the solenoid are the solenoid coil.
when you push the start button,one should go to 12 volts and the other one stay at zero.
When a solenoid buzzes,that indicates there's not enough voltage to. Make it click.
I would first verify the battery volts are OK and it's terminals clean and tight.
Test crank using neutral and then the clutch lever too.
Even jump the solenoid like you did before,just to verify the battery and starter are OK.

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