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starting trouble

Postby wingman83 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:44 pm



I started my bike one day to get ready to ride before the cold weather hit started fine the next day I went to start my bike to put it up because rain was comein when I pushed the starter button it would just click so thought maybe I left something on and killed the batterie so charged it upTried to start it still just clicked do I need a new soanod or fuse blown I did check the fuse wire in the black box on the side it was fine and there is a Inline fuse it was stuck in there so pulled it out but it broke off inside of the line so had to to use needle nose to get the end out and put a new one in still clicks when I try to start it I have an old cb650 that has the same solanoid as mine put it on it wouldnt even click so put mine back on it what do you think I need to look at I did clean the conections on the solinoid just to make sure it was clean
but didnt clean any other ones tho and my cig lighter stopped working at the same time this started not sure if thats related or not thought Id put it out there lol



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Re: starting trouble

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:39 pm

There are 3 possibilities here.....Assuming that the battery is OK......
Your starter solenoid quit,
You didn't turn off the gas and one cylinder is full of gas( hydrolocked)
Or the starter quit.
Play it safe,pull all 4 plugs and roll it outside,"kill" the ignition with the kill switch and bump the starter.If it's hydrolocked it will shoot raw gas 15'.
If it's not hydrolocked,Use a screwdriver and carefully short the 2 lugs on the solenoid together. If it cranks that way but not with the start button,replace the solenoid.
If that won't even crank the bike it's time to pull the starter.

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Re: starting trouble

Postby wingman83 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:21 pm

Thanks that gives me something to check the batterie seems to be good has a good charge and I did leave the gas on when this started so that might be the problem but will do all these things and let you know thanks alot

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Re: starting trouble

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:56 pm

After driving my 83 for 4 months,one day, it too wouldn't crank.
I spent 3 hours testing and servicing the starter only to find out I left the gas on,bike on the side stand and it filled one left cylinder with gas.
After I cleared it,the bike started right back up.....Wife on board......made it 2 blocks before it died.....I forgot to turn the gas back on. :mrgreen:

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Re: starting trouble

Postby wingman83 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:51 pm

thats funny sounds like something I would do but I started it before went to pick my son up from school then I got busy after that forgot the gas on the next day is when I had this problem been trien to figure it out ever since its been raining here so havent had a chance to try anything yet hope it something simple how do you get the gas out of the cylinder if thats whats wrong just take the plugs out and turn it over ? but right now it just clicks at solanoid havent had one problem with this bike since I got it but waiting for the rain to stop hopefully tomarrow Ill be able to check these things out

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Re: starting trouble

Postby thrasherg » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:31 pm

As stated, if it's gas in the cylinder, take the plugs out (Usually its the 2 cylinders on the left hand side that fill with gas), I would suggest turning the engine over a bit to clear any remaining gas out of the cylinder (Make sure there are no sparks or naked flames near by when you spin the engine over, then put new plugs (Or clean the old ones) in and she should start right up.

Gary

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Re: starting trouble

Postby wingman83 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:30 pm

OK i will just been down with back injury but first chance I get I will check it hope thats what it is thanks alot every one I always get great advise on here never been wrong yet love this site I almost feel like I know what Im doing when I do the things yal tell me to lol thanks again and Merry Christmas be safe will let you know what I find out as soon as I get to check bike out

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Re: starting trouble

Postby wingman83 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:50 pm

well finily able to get back to yal well the problem was the solenoid got one off ebey worked fine after 3 of them kept getting the wrong one but started right up thanks again for all the help




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