starter problems

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starter problems

Postby seagul » Tue May 03, 2016 4:19 am

Hi guys n girls,
I am a new Gl1800 owner,and a forum virgin. So be gentle with me.

Bike is a 2001 GL1800 frame #1.
So my problem is as goes.
This afternoon I went to move her, I went threw the normal things as you do, then switched her off.
The engine stopped but the starter kept winding over as if the starter button was pushed in.
I haven't started striping anything as at yet, but was going to start with the switch block.
I would like to know if anyone has had anything like this happen to them.

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Re: starter problems

Postby virgilmobile » Tue May 03, 2016 6:56 am

Stuck starter solenoid.Give it a healthy rap with the butt end of a healthy screwdriver to release it.
Then replace it ASAP.

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Re: starter problems

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 03, 2016 8:25 am

What Virgil said. The starter solenoid is essentially a switch that is operated by a magnet, and the magnet is energized by your start button. It handles a tremendous amount of current, and creates a big spark inside each time it is engaged and disengaged. Eventually the contacts inside start to wear away, and one day that spark kind of "welds" the contacts together, and it sticks on.

Rapping the top of the solenoid as described will usually break the contacts apart, but if it happened once, it will start happening more and more often, so it's time to replace it.

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Re: starter problems

Postby Goldwingsnut » Tue May 03, 2016 5:07 pm

It could be as simple as the start button itself. I've read numerous threads on various forums about buttons sticking.

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