Starter Motor Clicking


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Russ Levy
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Starter Motor Clicking

Postby Russ Levy » Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:27 pm



I have an 88 1500gl. On trying to start just get a clicking noise. How do I get to the starter motor.



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Re: Starter Motor Clicking

Postby redial » Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:39 pm

Before delving into the starter motor, it sounds like you need more jolts to turn the motor over. These GW are hungry for jolts.

If you get a meter to read the volts at rest, (ie no engine running), and it needs to be high enough to fire the engine. I would say that you could have a battery going south. Take it to an auto electrician and have it load tested. Then there are relays that could be playing up, and you will find comments about that on this site.

Get back with the results from your battery testing, and see where we go from there. While you have the battery out, make sure you clean the terminals and leads, so that they bright and shiny, and then apply some dielectric grease (it will conduct - not like axle grease!). Also, check the earth/ground points, to make sure they are clean and making good contact with the frame. You will have all weekend to attend to this :D
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Re: Starter Motor Clicking

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:00 pm

Agreed. The way the 1500 complains about a weak battery is by just "clicking" when you hit the starter.

Just put a voltmeter on your battery, and watch the voltage readout when you hit the starter. If it's anywhere below 11 volts, you've got a battery issue, not a starter issue.

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Re: Starter Motor Clicking

Postby Russ Levy » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:59 pm

Thanks for the advice. Checked battery, stuffed. Had been having problems with it, kept going flat. Had tried starting with slave battery but maybe not making good connection. Have replaced with new battery. All good now. Getting ready for summer riding.

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Re: Starter Motor Clicking

Postby redial » Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:55 pm

Hey Russ Levy, dont make the Northerners too jealous. I know us Southerners are just warming up to a wonderful summer of riding, and I trust that your riding makes them all turn green with envy :lol:
Len in Kapunda

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Re: Starter Motor Clicking

Postby Russ Levy » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:57 pm

Yes Redial (Len), summer, you wouldn't think so today. I live central North Island, 30k south of the three mountains, and today's temp is sitting at about 14 degs, with sleeting rain. I see you ride the same as me 1988 1500. Looking at your profile, do you ride with a veterans club. I ride with the Manawatu Chapter of the NZ Patriots. Did 20 years with NZ Army (1970-90) and 4 years NZ Navy Volunteer Reserve (1966-70)




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