Starter system problem

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Starter system problem

Post by M1Hound » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:50 pm

1982 GL1100 Standard. I have replaced the starter selenoid. When I turn the key on the lights will work, turn signals, horn, etc. all work. But, when I push the starter button the headlight goes off (I guess that is as it should be, never really paid any attention before) but the starter does not go. I have tried jumping the selenoid and the starter will turn. So, I am wondering if there is a relay between the starter button and the selenoid? Or what else to look for? Please help before I push this monster over a cliff! :x


PS: On the selenoid there is a paid of brass connectors and a pair of steel connectors. I understand the brass are hot and the steel are gound. I have a ground and hot on one pair, that is what allowed the lights to operate. The I use the yellow/red hot and jump between the other set of terminals the starter operates,not with the button, only when making that connection.

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Re: Starter system problem

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:55 pm

You've replaced the starter solenoid - so when you press the starter button, does it click? (it should)

If the solenoid clicks and the starter isn't turning, then the problem is downstream of the solenoid.

The starter button drives the solenoid directly - no relay in between. Have you checked to see if there is +12V showing up at the solenoid when the starter button is pressed?

If not, the next suspect is the starter button itself. They occasionally get dirty and need to be taken apart and cleaned out.

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Re: Starter system problem

Post by RBGERSON » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:46 am

or YOUR CLUTCH diode is shot..try holding the clutch in when you try to tart it if it starts bad diode.


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Re: Starter system problem

Post by guitarlos » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:29 am

If its like the 80 Gl1100, there is a dogbone fuse. If its there,get rid of it and replace it with a wiper blade fuse and save further headaches down the road while you are in there with this issue.

Check to ensure that you have a good solid ground off of the battery too. Ive chased my tail on that for a couple of months and that was an issue I was having.

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