Starter just clicks


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Daniel bailey
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Starter just clicks

Postby Daniel bailey » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:01 pm



I have a 1980 goldwing gl1100 when I hit Starter switch starter only clicks what to do



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WA9FWT
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1975 Cb750K sold

Re: Starter just clicks

Postby WA9FWT » Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:49 pm

Daniel bailey wrote:I have a 1980 goldwing gl1100 when I hit Starter switch starter only clicks what to do

First thing Dan check your battery. Try jumping it to see if that is the problem. Of coarse there is a lot of other things that can cause that problem. But try the easy one's first. You can do a search and use the search box in the upper right hand corner. Good Luck and welcome to this site.

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Johnyy Smoke
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Re: Starter just clicks

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:31 pm

Do a search on this site, common problem, lots of info.

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1fastgl1100
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Re: Starter just clicks

Postby 1fastgl1100 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:20 am

Always start simple. A click indicates a complete circuit. So look at the battery. Batterys tend to last 1 to 3 years.... it may simply need a charge.

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HawkeyeGL1200
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Re: Starter just clicks

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:19 pm

It could be several fairly simple things. The first thing I'd do is remove the battery and put it on a slow charge.. Then, I'd clean the solenoid contacts and wire connectors (while the battery is out) and check the dogbone fuse if yours hasn't been converted to a newer style fuse. You may also want to remove the hot wire to the starter and clean the connection and post there. Then I'd put the battery back in and see how it goes. If that doesn't get the problem resolved, you may have a dying start solenoid.

If you do those things and still have trouble, come on back and let us know.

Daniel bailey wrote:I have a 1980 goldwing gl1100 when I hit Starter switch starter only clicks what to do
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

Daniel bailey
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Re: Starter just clicks

Postby Daniel bailey » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:05 pm

Let it sit for a day then never used choke and it acting like it wanted to them it did start and you could smell raw fuel. runs and starters good now thanks for your help this is a real blessing to us that aren't so mechanically inclined

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Re: Starter just clicks

Postby WA9FWT » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:36 pm

Daniel bailey wrote:Let it sit for a day then never used choke and it acting like it wanted to them it did start and you could smell raw fuel. runs and starters good now thanks for your help this is a real blessing to us that aren't so mechanically inclined


Do you shut off the fuel after each run. Good practice to get into, glad to hear that things are going better. :D

WA9FWT Phil

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Re: Starter just clicks

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:49 pm

I have learned many things, one of them is to never overlook the obvious, Ground to the frame first, then battery volts test, then connections, then fuses, ect. Note, the only reason I say this is because when I took mine off to have a look at the frame,, you wouldn't believe the white corrosion and rusty looking crap between the wires connection,,, Wow :shock: double :shock: lol I remember thinking to myself Oh man this should brighten things up,,, and it really helped...I know you got it going but check everything good.. :D

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RBGERSON
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had every year from 75 to 83

Re: Starter just clicks

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:46 am

someone needs to write up a "All I hear is a click" article and put it in the how to section.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
RB

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Re: Starter just clicks

Postby Daniel bailey » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:24 pm

Thanks little will do she is old for sure




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