1982 GL1100 won't start just clicks


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Jonnygrey
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1982 GL1100 won't start just clicks

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I have a 1982 GL1100 that I tried to start the other day. Key on and switch to run, press starter button and just clicks. Ordered a new ignition solenoid from Dennis Kirk. Put the new solenoid on and still just clicks. Put the battery charger on the bike and let it sit. Still clicks. Replaced the starter last year and the battery was also replaced last year too. So battery, starter, solenoid are all new. Removed the four spark plugs, covered the holes with rags, turned off the starter switch, had the bike in neutral and tried to see if it was hydro locked. Still just clicks. The starter came with a new cable as did the solenoid. All the connections seem to be alright. Looking over the past forums, I think I did everything suggested. I did pull the battery off of the bike and put on the charger. Any other ideas or what to try next? I am going to try to pick up a fairly cheap volt meter to test the battery. Bike did run about a month or two ago, after I rebuilt the front brake calipers.


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Re: 1982 GL1100 won't start just clicks

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Verify first with your new voltmeter.....
Probe the stud on the starter(not the wire) and engine case...turn on the key and push the start button.See if power is actually getting to the motor case and stud.Work your way from there.
Jonnygrey
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Re: 1982 GL1100 won't start just clicks

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Took the battery to the auto parts store and had them check it. Ended up buying a new battery. Came home and filled it up with acid, let it sit for an hour just like the instructions said. Put it on the bike and it started. Even though the battery was only about a year old it went bad on me.
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84 GL 1200 I

Re: 1982 GL1100 won't start just clicks

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Sometimes batteries are bad.Sometimes they go bad from not being kept charged correctly.
Lead acid batteries rarely survive after going dead.
It would be prudent to look at the charging volts at the battery posts (after 15 minutes of running 2000 rpm)...14.4 volts max and keep a battery tender on it if it sets idle for more than a week.If its a flooded cell battery,do check the level a few times a year.Keep it topped off.


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