long delay from starter button depress to engine crank


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long delay from starter button depress to engine crank

Postby marcsac » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:23 pm



Just refurbished an 83 GL1100 Interstate. An issue has developed when I depress the starter button. There is a 2-3 second delay until the starter begins to crank. I was told by a mechanic (pro) that it could be dirt behind the button. Is this something I need to be concerned about? Anyone every have this problem?

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Re: long delay from starter button depress to engine crank

Postby WINGER3 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:39 pm

Wellcome Marcsac; you will need a multameter for this test, set the MM for 20+ volts dc, ground the black probe with something to hold it there, turn off kill switch so it won't try to start, hold red probe onto line into solenoid and hit starter button, If you get full voltage about 12.5 to 13.5 at same time, starter button is good, now put red probe on wire going to starter from solenoid, if when you hit starter button and see a delay in voltage reading, then your solenoid is the problem, if reading is at same time as stater button, then problem is the starter and will need a re-build. There may be other problems that could cause this that I don't know, but you can bet others will give you there ideas untill one get's it right. Good luck. Bob :mrgreen:
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Re: long delay from starter button depress to engine crank

Postby marcsac » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:28 pm

Thanks Bob, your suggestion makes sense....only thing....is the solenoid mounted on the starter like a typical car starter motor? I cant seem to find it.

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Re: long delay from starter button depress to engine crank

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:43 pm

The solenoid is separate from the starter. It is inside the box which also contains the master (dogbone) fuse. Just follow the thick wire from the starter - it leads directly to it. There's another wire that goes from there to the battery positive terminal.

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Re: long delay from starter button depress to engine crank

Postby marcsac » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:38 pm

I found it.....thanks for the directions. I also checked the service manual and discovered the Starter relay/solenoid is just a Electrical coil with a spring-loaded plunger. I gave it a couple small taps with a screwdriver handle and it freed up. Now I just touched that starter button and she cranks..... No delay at all. I'll probably need a starter relay pretty soon, But for now it seems good. Thanks for your help Bob… What a great site this is!!
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Re: long delay from starter button depress to engine crank

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:03 pm

You can buy a starter rebuild kit on e-bay for around $26.All the parts you will need-with some leftover. Regards, Johnyy




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