My baby won't crank.


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MamaBoo
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My baby won't crank.

Post by MamaBoo » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:46 pm



I know she is oldbut I have a 1983 interstate. Love her but won't crank. Replaced the solenoid, harness under the seat battery in new. Have to push her off to crank. When you turn the key it just clicks. Belie it or not she was a one owner before me and only has 41000 miles on her. Any suggestions. Not gonna trade I'm 62 don't wanna go in that much debt again.



DaveO430
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:17 pm

Is the click you are hearing the solenoid? Do you have any means of doing some electrical tests?

MamaBoo
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by MamaBoo » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:21 pm

Yes and it's a new solenoid

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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:24 pm

Pretty likely the problem is the starter. If you have a volt meter or a test light put the ground probe or clip on the battery negative, positive probe to the stud on the starter where the cable connects and push the button (key on). If your light lights or the meter shows battery voltage the starter is bad.

MamaBoo
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by MamaBoo » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:31 pm

Thanks will check that tomorrow. It's hard around here to get someone to work on an old bike. I put a conversion kit on it this year cause of a bad knee and hip but not ready to give it up yet. :lol: She is still pretty shiny black. Had a guy to offer me$2500 and I wouldn't take it.

MamaBoo
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by MamaBoo » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:37 pm

I forgot to add if you push it off it will crank

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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by DaveO430 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:19 am

MamaBoo wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:37 pm
I forgot to add if you push it off it will crank
No you didn't, you just forgot you did. :D

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Andy Cote
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by Andy Cote » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:30 am

Probably should post on Tech Talk board.

Besides the dreaded three yellow wires, the GL1200 is known for starter drag. Not the same bike I know but I've had a couple 1200 bikes that really did not like to turn over and were cured by disassembling and cleaning the starter. No need for a complete rebuild just get the dirt, grit, dust and bad stuff out and a little white lube on the bearings.
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Hoosier Jack
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by Hoosier Jack » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:55 am

Something easy first. Take all four plugs out and crank it over and see if gas comes flying out of the cylinders. Make sure you don't have a hydro-lock. Do this where you don't care where gas flies because if it is there it will go everywhere.

MamaBoo
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by MamaBoo » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:09 am

But if it was not getting gas then it wouldn't keep running after you push it off would it?

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Hoosier Jack
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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by Hoosier Jack » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:04 pm

Sorry, I need to read closer. Back to your regular scheduled programming.

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Re: My baby won't crank.

Post by MamaBoo » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:12 pm

Starter is gone do she goes to the shop. Hubby's hands is too big to get in there.



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