starting problems


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ktom70
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starting problems

Postby ktom70 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:08 pm



my starter works 90 percent of time but sometimes you push the starter and nothing happens and you continue and all of a suden it starts maybe someone has an idea that would cause this



Newwinger
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Re: starting problems

Postby Newwinger » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:11 pm

If nothing happens at all then suddenly it starts to crank , then either its the starter switch or loose wiring.
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Re: starting problems

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:44 pm

Could be the solenoid as well, but most likely it's worn brushes inside the starter.

1ridinlow
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Re: starting problems

Postby 1ridinlow » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:38 pm

Hope you have better luck than me. My starter does the same thing. Replaced the battery first. Then mechanic told me to put a test light and see if im getting current to the starter. I was till i buned out the out the little box next to the starter (STARTER MAGNET). replaced it. Still didn't start. Took starter apart cleaned it greased it. It turned over right away. thought i had it then it started doing it again. ordered new starter. put it on cranked a few times. Then it started doing the same thing. read on a trouble shooting guide. That the timing being to far advanced could cause it. Im not getting into that. Im better to pay someone. with my luck

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gordonv
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Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500
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Re: starting problems

Postby gordonv » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:05 am

I think you are having the same problem I am. Go to the bike, hit start, cranks nicely, fires up. No problem. Drive, turn off, leave, come back, hit start, and it's like, turn, turn, click, click. turn off, wait a couple of secs, and then hit start, and veroom, starts right up.

Behaves like a dead battery, but then nothing wrong.

MAYBE just need to take all the leads off and clean up and apply electrical grease.

Also, second problem, start the bike, and no radio and voltage. When I notice, usualy a minute latter, both turn on. Sometimes, I "play" with the key, sometimes just hit the area of the key.

Both problems are VERY intermittant, and no way to test because of that.

1ridinlow
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Re: starting problems

Postby 1ridinlow » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:13 pm

Mine does exactly the same but also my turn signals work when they want to.Maybe someone with a fixed problem can shed some light.

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gordonv
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Re: starting problems

Postby gordonv » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:48 pm

If your turn signals work some times when you use them, then it sounds more like contact problems. Disassemble and use eclectrical contact cleaner, and put back together using dio-electric grease (?), so they stay clean and don't oxidize.

For mine, I don't know if it is a switch or one of many wires, or a relay problems, so don't even know where to start to look. If it improves with the drier weather of summer, then most likely a contact of somekind.

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Re: starting problems

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:08 am

I had the same problem it sounds like, it was the solenoid, I took it off and looked at every connection and I found a lot of corrosion on almost every bolt and under all the nuts,[ take the nuts all off and clean under them] I clean them up with a small wire brush and a small file. Be sure to clean up the plastic plug in part , make it like new again, I was surprise how bad it was, clean your battery connections and clean up your grounds , it should fire up like new now...

idjit
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Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100 Interstate

Re: starting problems

Postby idjit » Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:31 am

I read somewhere that when the started doesn't work when hot to suspect the brushes in the starter. They gave a technical reason, but I can't remember where I read it. Maybe someone else could confirm it. I also read in this forum that the starter can be removed without removing the engine. That's a "good to know".

rhm
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Re: starting problems

Postby rhm » Tue May 25, 2010 12:03 pm

I have an 81 interstate that was beginning to turn over slower & slower on the starter & just by good luck I was trying to start it one evening when it was dark and noticed a glow coming from the starter area, so with closer examination I could see that it was heating up between the starter casing & the engine housing. The end result was to remove the starter & clean the end of the casing as well as the engine housing where it bolted on. The starter worked much better after that.




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