Bad starter, maybe?


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Re: Bad starter, maybe?

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Let's start with this:

Get your voltmeter and see if there's 12v going to the starter when you press the start button.

If there is, the starter relay is good and the starter need repair.


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Re: Bad starter, maybe?

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what is the battery voltage? 12volt is ok. get a pair of pliers and connect the two thick wires together with the metal ends of the pliers. engine should crank. check trans is in neutral as this method will bypass starter lock outs. check batt voltage whilst doing this it should not drop below 9 volts. if voltage drops below 9volts charge battery and check charging when you get the bike started. if engine cranks ok and batt voltage is ok the solinoid is faulty. if it dont crank and batt voltage is good the starter motor is faulty. remove and check the brushes. this is a very basic test easily explained before the boffins start. see how it goes, dont forget to post what you find
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Re: Bad starter, maybe?

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squeezing the clutch Wii allow you to start engine.
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Re: Bad starter, maybe?

Post by Wilcoy02 »

I had the no neutral light problem. There is a diode hidden IN the honda wiring. It is buried under the black tape by your left knee. Mine was at the second branch of wires.
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Re: Bad starter, maybe?

Post by dummysales »

@wilcoy02,

Have you a photo of the location of your diode in the starting circuit? I've worked through my GL1100A Aspencade and all the tests point to a diode issue. There's nothing that shows its location to me on this bike. Perhaps a photo of other's diodes will help me find mine.Tks
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Re: Bad starter, maybe?

Post by OldguyGlen »

Here's a link to a previous thread. Good info, plus pictures.

viewtopic.php?t=4126


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