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Starter Wire Hot

Postby Jakez » Fri May 09, 2014 12:41 pm



Hey Guys. Well Thursday morning I wanted to start my bike and all I heard was the starter spinning. Tried and tried but all I heard was spinning. Then on Friday I decided to remove the Starter to see if I could find the issue because this morning it just made click and no spin. So I took the starter out, cleaned it nicely and then put it back. After I have done that I connected the starter wire comming from the starter solonoid to the starter again as it was. Then when I switched the bike on and pressed the start button I saw a little bit of smoke comming from the wire where it connects onto the starter. I switched off the ignition and when I felt the wire to the starter it was very hot. Every time I press the start button its like the neutral light nearly goes dead. I know the starter is fine as I have done exactly what the (how to forum) shows. Do you think its electrical? And if so, where do I start


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Re: Starter Wire Hot

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 09, 2014 1:37 pm

It's electrical, but it's not the starter. This is normally caused by the solenoid sticking. It's just a big switch that switches a lot of current, and it's actuated using a magnet instead of your finger. Eventually, the arcing in the solenoid's switch can cause it to actually weld the contacts together, causing it to stick on, as you have discovered.

Sometimes a sharp rap on the outside of the solenoid (it's the black box near the battery, where your main "dogbone" fuse is located) with the handle end of a screwdriver will get it to release. If not, you'll need to replace it.

However, now that you've worked on the starter, it sounds like whatever you did inside it has now caused a direct short inside it, which is why the wire is smoking and getting hot, and why the neutral light is going out when you hit the starter button.

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Re: Starter Wire Hot

Postby Jakez » Fri May 09, 2014 1:41 pm

Does this mean I have to pull the starter again and then go through all the wires?
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Re: Starter Wire Hot

Postby RBGERSON » Fri May 09, 2014 10:04 pm

Yep, but there are two most likely causes one you broke the attachment at the stud, if the stud moved at all when you took the big wire off it that's very likely the problem and it's now shorting out on the case. Second is the brush wire connection is shorting out.
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Re: Starter Wire Hot

Postby dingdong » Sat May 10, 2014 7:34 am

Regarding the original problem. What do you mean by starter spinning? Was it spinning without turning the engine over? If so then you had a sprague clutch problem not a starter problem. That said, you now have a self induced starter problem also.
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Re: Starter Wire Hot

Postby Jakez » Sat May 10, 2014 7:39 am

Thank you all, but I have decided after spending R22000 on her to finally hang up the tools and bid her goodbye. I can't say thank you enough for all your of your help and advise.

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Re: Starter Wire Hot

Postby dingdong » Sat May 10, 2014 7:43 am

Sorry to hear that! :cry:


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