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bikerpiper
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starter wont work

Postby bikerpiper » Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:40 pm



Starter wont start, took it of the bike connected it too a battery fired up no problem, put it back on the bike nothing I took a lead put it on the live feed from the battery direct to the starter not even a spark



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Re: starter wont work

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:05 pm

If you don't even get a spark when you try to jump it,pull the starter again.
Be careful of the nut you remove to get the cable off.Often if you don't use a wrench on the nut under the cable to support it,the stud can be turned.This usually breaks the wires inside.

bikerpiper
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Re: starter wont work

Postby bikerpiper » Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:23 pm

Hi virgilmobile took the starter back off tryed it again off the bike and it turns over, but when back on the bike still nothing

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Re: starter wont work

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:15 pm

Ok.lets assume that the starter is perfect.The only other reason the engine won't crank is its possibly hydrolocked.
Be aware at the possibility of gas being ejected from a cylinder when you try this....
Remove all 4 spark plugs,kill the spark with the kill switch in the stop position.Bump the starter button.
Mine shot raw gas 15 feet from the bike.
Also...I have seen starters spin when there is no load on them and fail as soon as the load is applied.
Its Usually associated with the brushes.
If it still won't crank,put it in 5th gear(plugs still out) and turn the rear wheel to roll the engine over.
Confirm its free turning before going back into the starter or solenoid.




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