Starting Problems after Running

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Starting Problems after Running

Post by Wink123 »

I picked up a 1984 GL1200, it starts and runs great for about 20-25 minutes, it doesn't over heat. Problem I have is when I turn it off it will not start again, sounds like the battery is dead, just drags (however its a new battery), now when I leave it cool down for about 30-35 minutes, it starts right back up. Has anyone else experienced that or does anyone have and ideas what the problem could be? LW

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Re: Starting Problems after Running

Post by tamathumper »

IMHO it sounds like the starter is getting "heat soaked", and it's got dirty windings and a sticking solenoid that can't overcome the friction when overheated.

If you rap on it with a mallet or piece of wood, you might find it starts better, but it's overdue for being internally cleaned and/or rebuilt and/or replaced.
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Re: Starting Problems after Running

Post by newday777 »

pull your spark plugs. Cover plug holes with drapped towels. Turn kill switch to off then hit the starter button. Does liquid shoot out the plug holes? If so, you have hydrolock in the cylinders that need to address, gas or antifreeze. Liquid does not compress and thus locks the motor.
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