Headlight dims and bike just makes clicking noise and starter won't go off?


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hansolo8
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Headlight dims and bike just makes clicking noise and starter won't go off?

Post by hansolo8 » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:19 am



Hello folks,

I have this weird problem with my 76 Goldwing where sometimes the bike makes clicking noise and won't start.
But as soon as I kickstart it or push-start it, the starting the bike via starter switch works fine for like a week or so then I get this problem again.
I did notice the battery voltage was a bit low, so I put it on tender for the night.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks



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Re: Headlight dims and bike just makes clicking noise and starter won't go off?

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:04 am

Carry a small voltmeter or test light with you, next time it does that put the meter or light on the power cable to the starter and see if there's any power getting to the starter when you push the button.

I'm thinking the starter relay is going bad....
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Re: Headlight dims and bike just makes clicking noise and starter won't go off?

Post by hansolo8 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:03 am

DenverWinger wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:04 am
Carry a small voltmeter or test light with you, next time it does that put the meter or light on the power cable to the starter and see if there's any power getting to the starter when you push the button.

I'm thinking the starter relay is going bad....
I totally forgot about this post.
It turns out the battery just needed a good charge and my Goldwing somehow was able to push/kick start with an almost completely drained battery.

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