My bike just clicked this morning


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My bike just clicked this morning

Postby bjatwood » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:19 pm



Hi guys and gals,
98 SE, went to start it today, heard what sounded like a solenoid click when I pushed the start button, bike didn't turn over. Pushed the starter button again and it started right up!
What should I be looking to clean or replace? Battery was replaced in June of this year.
Thanks for your help ;)



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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby bustedwing » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:39 pm

That sounds like a bad connection. Sometimes if the connection dont work the first time but does the second you could clean the starter connection, the relay connections, and the ground connections. Scrape them clean, use di-electric grease on the connections before putting them back together as it helps to keep the corrosion out . If that dont work let us knlw and we sill go a little deeper.
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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby bjatwood » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:16 pm

I'll give it a look at tonight and clean and grease er up!
Thanks for the quick response :D

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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby chalfast » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:36 am

there are 2 relays for starter "A" relay up by the battery "B" relay down by break peddal remove panel where you check engine oil its on the frame there .mine went bad thats how I know . good luck .Remember if you fixed it and don`t know what you did to fix it ,You didn`t fix it!

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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby bjatwood » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:13 am

I looked at both relays and the wishbone fuse and found NO corrision anywhere. I did spray some WD-40 on the connectors and into the starter button switch, and can not duplicate the initial "failure". I'll keep you all posted if it happens again. Thanks

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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:57 am

bjatwood wrote:I looked at both relays and the wishbone fuse and found NO corrision anywhere. I did spray some WD-40 on the connectors and into the starter button switch, and can not duplicate the initial "failure". I'll keep you all posted if it happens again. Thanks


WD-40 is not good for the connectors and especially for the handlebar switches, where they are exposed to dust and grit from the road. WD-40 leaves an oily residue behind, and while it may flush away dirt that is causing the problem and seem to fix it right away, it will quickly start to fail again once the road dust starts to stick to the oily residue, creating a non-conductive sludge. '

Use some high-quality contact cleaner (CRC is excellent) that will clean and flush away dirt, and evaporates completely without leaving behind any residue.

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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby WA9FWT » Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:01 pm

I agree, don't use WD-40.....it's great stuff, but not whats ailing your problem.My guess is the starter switch on the bars need some attention, like cleaning.
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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby bjatwood » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:16 pm

Well if the bike does the same again, I will look into it farther...

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Re: My bike just clicked this morning

Postby Hawggy » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:11 pm

bjatwood wrote:Well if the bike does the same again, I will look into it farther...


Go to your local Radio Shack and buy a can of electric tuner cleaner..I think it is about 8 bucks a can..Give all your switches a good spraying and work the buttons. This is what I have done in the past with the same problem on our 98 Aspy. Fixed it up just fine without having to tear everything apart. It will likely clear up the residue from the WD you put in earlier. :D




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