Starter repeatedly failing


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Duckhunter
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Starter repeatedly failing

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I have replaced starters in my 85 Ltd 4 times. I get 20 to 40 starts and then just clicks. I suspect I may have continuous power bleeding off to the starter. Or maybe not enough power going to the starter, but I have no test meter (yet) Anybody else ever had problems with starters continuously burning out. New battery, new solenoid



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newday777
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Get a volt meter. You need to do some testing.

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dnehasert
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Are you buying the cheaper Chinese starters ? Have had them fail. You're better off buying a rebuilt Japanese starter or a new one.

jefferson
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An older auto-electric repair tech told me to run starter no more than a minute or so then 5-10 minute break. Also I found if I don't shut the gas petcock off when parking it for the day...then the bike starts right away the next day with full choke. Haven't had an issue since.If this doesn't work then u may have other issues prohibiting a quick start.

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Any Joy resolving your issue?
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Duckhunter
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Got the brand new starter put in last week. Had to order new gaskets for the headers, so that put the brakes on for a few days. Luckily, two more bikes to ride. So I started the bike just to test the starter. Maybe I will put it back together this weekend. So, the answer is no. I have not figured out why The starters keep burning out after a few dozen starts. It always starts right up. Not like I am running the starter too long.

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newday777
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1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

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1999A Restored from PO neglect & sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

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Makes me wonder if your battery cables are corroded inside and you are loosing current? I remember reading about that a few years ago on one of the gw forums that was bought out and snaffooed by mc. Com.

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Re: Starter repeatedly failing

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That’s a good point you made there. The cable to the starter looks great, but then again this bike sat in a garage for 18 years until I bought it. So those cables may not look so good under the protective coating. New cables in the near future and a good voltage meter. Too busy riding another bike and working.



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