starter system on 1078 wing


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ntintruder
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starter system on 1078 wing

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Trying to start a 1976 GL1000. The battery is new . When I hit the starter it whips right over the first time but then if I hit the button again I get a kind of buzz and nothing else. Turn the key off and wait a little and try again and the same thing happens, I can hear and feel the solenoid click but the starter will not respond after the initial attempt. The headlight is normal bright and dims when I push the starter button but the starter motor will not respond after the first push until I wait a few minutes.


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Re: starter system on 1078 wing

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ntintruder wrote: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:38 pm Trying to start a 1976 GL1000. The battery is new . When I hit the starter it whips right over the first time but then if I hit the button again I get a kind of buzz and nothing else. Turn the key off and wait a little and try again and the same thing happens, I can hear and feel the solenoid click but the starter will not respond after the initial attempt. The headlight is normal bright and dims when I push the starter button but the starter motor will not respond after the first push until I wait a few minutes.
Check/clean all you ground and make sure all connections are tight..

Especially the main on on the motor mount.
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Re: starter system on 1078 wing

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ntintruder wrote: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:38 pm Trying to start a 1976 GL1000. The battery is new . When I hit the starter it whips right over the first time but then if I hit the button again I get a kind of buzz and nothing else. Turn the key off and wait a little and try again and the same thing happens, I can hear and feel the solenoid click but the starter will not respond after the initial attempt. The headlight is normal bright and dims when I push the starter button but the starter motor will not respond after the first push until I wait a few minutes.
Is the starter motor clean on the inside (i.e., not too much loose carbon)? Are the brushes within tolerances? Could it be the starter clutch?
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ntintruder wrote: Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:38 pm Trying to start a 1976 GL1000.

IF you go to the very first post, and click on EDIT, you can change the name of the thread.
I doubt your bike came from the Egyptian days?? LOL
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Re: starter system on 1078 wing

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Isolate the problem with a volt meter.
Ground at the starter mount...probe the "stud" that the big wire hooks to(not the connector)..push the start button.When it won't crank,look at the volts directly feeding the starter stud.
If it's 12 volts,the starter is at fault..If it's in the dirt do tend to possible corroded connections at the battery and frame.
The starter solenoid is also suspect.
When it will not crank,jump the large studs with a screwdriver(Sparks included).If it cranks the solenoid is intermittent.


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