press STARTER Button and "CLICK"


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press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby kobietg » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:18 pm



1985 with CFI Goldwing: My wing won't start. Can anyone point me in the right direction to trouble shoot?
All I get is a sound of click! It's like the battery is dead. It's seems like it's not getting any power.
I've put an overnight charge on the bat...
Checked the main fuse (wishbone), and all the other fuses (they're good)...
I've cleaned all the contacts (i.e. battery terminals, solenoid connection terminals)...
I've made sure the 'kill' switch was/is not activated...
I've got headlight, radio, tape player, extra lights and all work when turned on. But, when I try
to start my wing all I get is 'CLICK'. Not ready to take it to the dealer yet. Any ideas?
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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:55 pm

I would take a volt meter and hook it up to your battery and try to start it. If your voltage drops way down then I would take it and have it load tested. This is an easy test of the battery,As you said your lights come on but it takes a lot of juice to get the starter to turn.Another thought if you find the battery is good try to see if your starter is working take a jumper cable from the pos side of battery and touch it to the starter at the cable going it the starter make sure kill button is on.See if the starter will turn over,could be starter,starter solenoid. Good luck Hal
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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby kobietg » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:49 pm

Thanks Halbudd, I was able to jump the STARTER as you suggested and it did turn over. It would appear there is no STARTER problem. I also, had my bat load tested (no cost there) and it to seems to be fault free. What next? It seems to be a lot a chatter about the KILL SWITCH on the forum. Do you (anyone) no of away to test the KILL SWITCH?

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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:46 pm

If you have a good battery and can crank the bike by jumper cables direct to the starter,the only thing in between is the starter solenoid.
Even tho it clicks,the contacts inside may be bad and not letting power get to the starter.
Do verify first that the starter solenoid is what you hear clicking.It's right next to the battery.

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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby geomac1 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:04 pm

Check the starter switch. I've had an issue some time back and it was the switch wasn't making good contact when I pushed it in. Easy to check with a volt meter. You should get battery voltage reading when you push the switch in. There are several places to check it.

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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby kobietg » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:57 am

Good Morning Vigilmobile,
The solenoid is easy enough to verify. I spent an hour cleaning all the contacts around it. I'll pull the side cover and hold my hand on the solenoid as I try to start the bike. I should hear and feel it. On the way to my part time job now. I'll check it out this afternoon. As always, May you have Blue Skies, Calm Winds and a Dry Road ahead.
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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby Possum51 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:18 am

Had the same problem with my 84 GL1200 and it was the starter solenoid. Replaced problem solved.
Rick.....

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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby geomac1 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:30 pm

Don't forget to check your ground. That can be an issue also. That's why I use a volt meter to ensure full power is passing thru.

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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby kobietg » Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:23 pm

It started! It was the "starter solenoid". It took forever to get here after I ordered it. It also took me a couple of days research to find one with a reasonable price. Anyway, I put the new part on my bike yesterday and bingo, problem solved. kudos to; Halbudd, Virgilmobile and geomac1. Thanks a bunch guys.
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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby geomac1 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:03 pm

Glad it worked out for you! I've spent my holiday replacing a water pump and timing belt on my son's 86 Goldwing. It sure sounds great when you hit the starter button after working on something to have it roar back to life!!

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Re: press STARTER Button and "CLICK"

Postby kobietg » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:30 am

Roger that Geomac1. Go on out and enjoy a ride with your son. Sounds like you've earned it. And may you have Blue skies, Calm Winds and Dry Roads ahead.
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