Electrics - Starter Motor


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Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by barnaclebill » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:59 am



Am having problems starting my 1998 1500 GL Trike conversion. The battery is good, readings are high, and it's practically new (Yuasa YTX24HL-BS, 12V 21Ah - CCXA350). Am using a Deltran Tender 800 (w/p) 12V-800mA to float battery whilst not in use, although have been untold that this really is not strong enough for the battery I am using). Electrics are all okay and all fuses and relays appear good. I believe it to be the starter motor. On pressing the starter all I get is a "click". Have tried rolling the trike, but it's heavy - and I'm alone! I suspect the brushes are worn - never been changed to my knowledge! I know where the starter is located. How do I extricate the motor? The next problem will be trying to find replacement brushes here in Thailand! Thanks in advance!



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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:27 am

Please do not assume your starter is bad.
Verify this first.A simple volt meter would help.
Do measure battery volts when trying to start the bike.Above 11.5 volts is good.
Here's the schematic to help follow where the volts go.



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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by keithg64 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:14 pm

I recently had a similar problem. You seldom here of the starter going bad. I replaced the A & B relays for the starter and cleaned the starter button. Problem solved. My bike has 178k miles.
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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by stevet501 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:22 pm

Keith, I'm having the same problem with starting my bike. I too changed the starter A & B relay solenoids. Can you explain how to clean the Starter Button? Maybe that will work? My problem is lights work great when I trun the key on but when I hit the starter button I get zip, no clicking at all?
Thanks

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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:27 pm

stevet501 wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:22 pm
Keith, I'm having the same problem with starting my bike. I too changed the starter A & B relay solenoids. Can you explain how to clean the Starter Button? Maybe that will work? My problem is lights work great when I trun the key on but when I hit the starter button I get zip, no clicking at all?
Thanks
Here is the link for cleaning the start button.
http://www.goldwingfacts.com/1500startbutton.htm

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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by stevet501 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:41 pm

Let me add a little more info on my starting problem. This problem started last summer with the bike starting just fine, but after riding for 3-4 hours when I would stop for lunch or gas I'd come out and turn the key on and push the starter button and get zip. No cranking at all. I'd keep pushing the starter button and finally as I let off it would catch at the last second and start. It did this off and on and now no cranking at all. The battery is one year old and I keep it on a Battery Tender jr. when not riding . Thanks

Steve T.

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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:49 pm

When you diassamble the start button, you will see the contacts and springs inside, clean and lube them, if necessary stretch the springs some to have better contact.

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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by keithg64 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:48 pm

I didn't take the starter button apart yet I did open the throttle side clam shell and sprayed a lot of electrical contact cleaner in there for now.
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Re: Electrics - Starter Motor

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:55 pm

keithg64 wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:48 pm
I didn't take the starter button apart yet I did open the throttle side clam shell and sprayed a lot of electrical contact cleaner in there for now.
It may fix some issues sometimes, but I would definitely remove the starter button and clean it, it is not a difficult job. The grease used in the switches gets hardened by the time and starts restricting the movement of the switches.



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