Starting gremlin.


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ba7
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Starting gremlin.

Post by ba7 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:48 pm



The bike 1988 gl1500 80000 maintained.... stopped starting intermitently and eventually completely. The last few times i could get it to go by rapping the secondary silenoid while pushing tha start button. Replaced the silenoid. I used the troubleshooting manual. All i get is the clicks as i should just nothing else. Took the starter out. Found the brushes clip were broken for the positive. Took them to the shop. They soldered them to a new metal clip. Then i changed both bearings at another shop. Put the bike back together. Bike still clicks like it should but no starting sounds. I have replaced solenoid, checked fuses and relays on both sides. Replaced battery. Checked on bank angle sensor. Sprayed contact cleaner on starter button and killswitch. All i can think of is armature and rotor inside the starter. How do i test this starter? I cant find a diy for this old starter that doesnt have a solenoid built into it like a car.



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Re: Starting gremlin.

Post by ba7 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:46 pm

Right now i suspect three things need revisited.
One. When i put the starter back together i probably didnt alternate the brushes. Given mine seems like an older design from the one Saunders made a video off. In his the design of the metal clip forces the brushes to be opposing eachother. While on mine the metal bracket and brushes comes to one side which made me believe they shouldnt alternate/oppose each other. It felt unnatural to my logic but natural to the design. Will update.

2... one of the ends is missing an oring the metal one.

3. Bad new secondary solenoid?

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Re: Starting gremlin.

Post by ct1500 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:00 pm

'88 and '89 models use a two post starter, one for battery (+) via relay A and the other lead going to ground (-) via relay B. With all the hands involved in this starter I would have to assume someone did a simple bench test to see if it turned when connected to a 12V source?
Take a test light or meter and probe for voltage at relay A to right of battery. One large wire post should always show voltage, other large post to show voltage with starter button depressed. Probe the two starter terminal posts for voltage with starter button pushed, what results do you get?
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