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Honda 300 won't start off the key

Boost it off the solenoid it will start

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If the solenoid clicks when you try to start it, the solenoid is bad. If no click, either the solenoid or ignition switch is bad.

With ignition off, if an ohmmeter, set at the lowest resistance shows resistance across the small contacts of the solenoid, the coil that pulls in the large contacts is good.

If a voltmeter, set at 20 VDC, across the small contacts of the solenoid shows voltage when the start switch is activated, the ignition switch is probably good.

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The ignition starter switch is a common failure on this model. Have it tested.

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