Starter won't disengage


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thans
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Starter won't disengage

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I've got a 1998 GL 1500 SE with a unique problem. I attempted to start my bike the other day (it had been sitting for a couple weeks), and once I pushed the starter button, the starter engaged, and would not disengage. I even tried to turn the switch to off, but the starter kept turning the bike over. Eventually, the battery ran down. I replaced the battery, but when connected the battery cable, the starter turned the bike over - even with the switch turned off. I searched this forum, and I suspect the "starter relay" could be the issue. However, it appears there are 2 of these (called A and B?). My question is - is this my issue? Which relay should I replace? Where are these relays? Where can I get this relay(s)? I am somewhat mechanically inclined - is it something I can do?

Thank you for your suggestions. I apologize if this has been covered already - I did search the forum first.



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bellboy40
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Re: Starter won't disengage

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It sounds to me like your starter relay "A" is stuck closed and that is causing the starter motor to run continuously. It is the one just in front of the battery. You might get it unstuck by whacking it a couple of times with the end of a screwdriver. After doing that, put the battery cable back and see if the starter runs then. If that does fix the problem temporarily, you need to get a new relay.

thans
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Re: Starter won't disengage

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Thanks bellboy40. I just gave the relay "A" a good whack with the base of the screw driver, and then re-attached the battery. Everything works as expected! Now, I'll order a new relay - don't want this problem to reoccur again!

This forum rocks! Thanks again!

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bellboy40
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Re: Starter won't disengage

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Great! I'm glad that was it. That is a fairly common problem when the starter runs continuously. A new relay should have you back in business.

jeffhowardetcs1
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Re: Starter won't disengage

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Caused the same problem while troubleshooting a no start issue. Checked the relay that is easy to get to just forward of the lower part of the battery ( I believe that is the "B" relay). It was good. Can't find the other one. I have a book with a picture and still can't tell. Is it tucked in just forward of the TOP corner of the battery? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Starter won't disengage

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Yes, follow the big heavy cable off the battery + terminal, goes straight to the relay.


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