Please Help! Starting issues!


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wing_newb
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Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby wing_newb » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:08 pm



Hi,
I just replaced my starter relay with a new one. When I try to start the bike, the headlight dies and it makes a click sound, but the starter does not attempt to turn at all. When trying to diagnose, I disconnected the cable going to the starter from the relay and then reconnected it. I noticed when i reconnected it that the bolt coming out of the starter now spins when i tighten the nuts onto the bolt. Does anyone have a clue what is wrong here? I need to fix it as it is my daily commuter to and from work. Thanks!



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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby cbach1981 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:18 pm

sounds like the internal connection is broke. might be best to get another starter. not sure if you can fix that connection or not
    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape!

wing_newb
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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby wing_newb » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:23 pm

Sounds like either way I need to remove the starter and have a look eh?

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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby cbach1981 » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:31 pm

yes, pull the starter. have a look for a how-to. not as bad as it seems. i pulled and rebuilt mine on the side of the road using brushes and springs from a 81 cb900 starter. had to get home somehow, lol!!!
    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape!

wing_newb
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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby wing_newb » Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:37 pm

Well I pulled the starter, opened it up and along with all the carbon dust I saw that the bolt that the hot wire connects to is not attached to the wires on the inside of the starter. Is there any way to fix this, or do I need to buy a new one? Please let me know!

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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby cbach1981 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:55 am

http://www.goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7858

This post contains a reply in which one member had your same issue and did repair it. I guess it would depend upon the position of the break, and your mechanical abilities. Me personally, I would look for another starter. Cheap from a used source would be my way and then use my internals to make one with the best parts from each.
    You only need two tools in life - wd-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the wd-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape!

wing_newb
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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby wing_newb » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:55 pm

After I finally diagnosed my issue I just bought a new starter online from JC Whitney.com. It costed me about $220 bucks, so now I just wait for it to get here, then I'll be back on the road.

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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby DCoxson1969 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:19 pm

Probably does not need to be said, but make sure you put a thin wrench on the bottom nut before tightening the top one. I almost did the same exact thing.
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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby wing_newb » Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:56 pm

DCoxson1969 wrote:Probably does not need to be said, but make sure you put a thin wrench on the bottom nut before tightening the top one. I almost did the same exact thing.

DC,
I have heard that I need to do that, but my only question is what kind of small wrench? like a crescent wrench? Will that do it? Also how tight should those nuts be on that starter bolt?

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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby DCoxson1969 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:14 am

My craftsman kit came with a package of small thin wrenches that fit perfect under the wire and top nut. I gave it what I call a firm hand, just try to move the wire after you tighten it. If it spins tighten it some more, if it feels firm leave it be.
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Re: Please Help! Starting issues!

Postby wing_newb » Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:40 pm

Hey guys,
I got my new starter and chucked that thing on the bike. I took it for a good 90 mile ride today and it was smooth sailin'! Thanks for your help in getting me back on the road! With that new starter I almost don't even have to push the button and it will fire right up! NICE!




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