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Wont start on button

Starts every time with wire from battery positive terminal to small terminal on the starter solonoid.
Battery voltage 11.5v on bike computer, but 12.5v with voltmeter

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  • donaldkiltie Nov 26, 2008

    Definitely not a fuse, have heard low battery makes ECU shut the starter system down without the starter trying to engage, which is why my bypass works the down side is the automatic cold start doesn't cut in during cold weather. Will keep looking as some-one else must have had the same happen to them.

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Hello, I have a 2003 dr650se and it wont start using the electric start. it will bump start and run fine until you kill the motor then it wont start it just clicks. the battery is fine. is there a cut

I think your bike has 2 anti start switches the side stand and the clutch lever. You state it bump starts runs fine then clicks when you try to restart. The clicking is the starter solenoid which would indicate the battery has not enough cranking power to turn the starter motor. Check battery voltage must be above 12.5. remove battery (undo negative lead first). Wire a 21 watt bulb to the battery and see if it dims within a small period of time. If it remains bright try charging the battery only use a dedicated bike charger (less than 1 amp out put). Do not use a car charger ever. When the battery is fully charged refit to bike (refit positive lead first). Try to start the bike again. If it fails to start bump start it and check the voltage across the battery is should be about 14 to 14.5 volts. If low volts at the battery with the engine running your charging circuit is not working correctly. If the volts are good I would try another battery. They sometimes give false reading to chargers when a cell or 2 short out.

Sep 30, 2014 | 2012 Suzuki DR 650SE

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When I go to start my car it will click several

The symptom you describe sounds like a voltage drop between the starter (ignition) switch and the starter solenoid. Some causes are:
1 Faulty ignition switch - either replace or, if you're mechanically minded, try to strip the switch and clean the contacts. This is a tricky fix because these switches are not made to be serviced.
Before you go there, however, check all the connectors on the wiring harness between the ig. switch and the starter solenoid and clean them if necessary. To make sure you have a voltage drop, connect a volt meter between the battery positive and the starter pick connector, then turn the key to start position. If you measure a voltage, anything more than 1 volt, you have a problem. Another check is measure from the battery negative to the pick wire, Turn the ignition to start, and you should measure 12 volts, not less than 11 v.
Here is a quick check you can try. There are three connections on the starter motor solenoid, two heavy ones and one small one. The small one is the solenoid pick terminal. Remove the wire from this connector and connect a length of wire from the connector and touch the other end to the battery positive terminal. The solenoid should click in and the starter should engage every time you touch the battery terminal.
If this happens, you can be sure the problem is not with the starter.
If all else fails, you could fit a booster relay to the starter.
This involves mounting a relay somewhere near the starter motor. You can get a relay from a scrap yard, most modern vehicles have headlight relays which will work fine, which are mounted on the under hood fuse box. The relay should have two heavy terminals and two smaller terminals..
Run a wire from the battery positive to one of the heavy terminals on the relay, and from the other heavy terminal to the solenoid pick connector. Bring the wire that used to be connected to the pick connector and connect that to one of the small connectors on the relay. The other small connector on the relay goes to ground (any bare metal point). I hope this helps.

Sep 27, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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1999 cougar, brand new battery and terminals. It will not turn over. It won't even click anymore.

1. Make sure your battery is fully charged.
2. Check connections from battery to starter relay.
3. Make sure you have voltage going to the start side (small wire) of the relay with the key in the "start" position.
4. If you don't have voltage going to the start side of the relay (small wire) with key in the start positon, then your starter switch is faulty (under dash usually mounted on top of steering column).
5. If you have voltage to the start side of the relay (small wire) with key in start position, and it don't click when trying to start your car, then the starter relay is bad.
6. If your starter relay clicks, but engine don't turn over, then the starter is faulty.

Dec 08, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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I changed solonoid on starter. The cap on old one cracked so it needed replaced. Put new one on, now starter stays runningafter bike has started. I don't understand? Same solonoid. Shouldn't it...

Check to see if the wire that connects to the small terminal on the back of the solenoid is touching the larger terminal where the battery cable to the starter goes. If this happens, when the solenoid activates, it will feed voltage to the small wire and hold the starter engaged even though the button is no longer being pushed. A short circuit between the small terminal and the large terminal going to the starter.

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May 14, 2011 | Harley Davidson Bullet G5 Deluxe EFI...

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Put new battery in car and it wont even try to turn over. Is it the starter?

Check voltage at starter, there's a big wire and a small one, the big wire should have voltage all the time, the small one will only have voltage when key is at start, with test light check voltage at big wire, if no voltage check battery terminal's, if there is voltage then check voltage at small wire while some one hold's ignition key to start if you have voltage bad starter, also hit starter while key is at start some time's it will crank engine over, but you'll need to replace starter, if no voltage check ignition switch, good luck, hope this was very helpful.

May 19, 2010 | 1997 Honda Accord

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I have a 2004 500 polaris scrambler and starter wont work makes no click or any sound battery is good lights work with key on.

This could be a few different things, we'll start out by having you check the starter circuit. Locate the starter relay near the battery. Follow the wire from the start button on the left handlebar to the relay, then disconnect it. Connect a length of wire (jumper wire) from the battery positive terminal to the relay in place of the disconnected start switch wire. The starter should crank the engine. Other things to check are Battery voltage could be low ( lights and everything can still work) engin kill switch is off or defective, starter solonoid faulty, starter switch not connecting,Ignition switch defective, or the easiest fix a blown fuse. Hopefully this helped.

Mar 20, 2010 | Polaris ATV

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Wont start....battery appears ok

Wont start? Is motor turning over? Has battery been tested with a volt meter?

Dec 14, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet Blazer

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I have a Riding mower Sears Model 917275660 with a Kohler Engine Model Number SV600, Type number 0001. The engine will not start. I have a new Battery but when I try to start the only thing I hear is the...

So the engine wont turn over at all? Well, we know the fuse is good since the fuel solonoid is getting power. Do you have a test light? Locate the starter solonoid, check for power to the small spade on the starter solonoid when the key is turned to the start position. Be sure the brake pedal is depressed, the pto is disengaged, and that the seat switch is depressed.
If you have power to the small spade then check the large posts for power. The battery side should have power all the time and the starter side should have power when key is turned to start. If you have power from battery and power from key switch but no power to starter then the starter solonoid is suspect.
If solonoid tests good and power is getting to starter but starter doesnt engage then starter is suspect.
If no power to small spade on starter solonoid then you will have to do some back tracking. It could be the key switch, one or more of 3 safety switches or bad wire/ bad connections

Dec 07, 2009 | Craftsman Garden

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Wont start starter wont engage new batter fuses ok

The starter is malfunction at this time. it could also eb a ignition issue as well. here is a quick starter test procedure that will help you troubleshoot a bit.

Step 1
Check for 12 volts on the large wire attached to the top terminal on the starter relay. It should have battery voltage. If not, the battery, terminals or wire is bad.

Step 2
Check the small wire on the solenoid for power when the key is in the start position. Remove the small wire on the solenoid and have a helper hold the key in the start position. Check the wire for battery voltage. If there is voltage, the starter is bad. If there is no voltage, replace the wire.

Step 3
Check the fuse in the fuse box under the hood on the left fender well. If it is good, check the relay by pulling it out and checking for power at one terminal with the key off. If there is no power, the problem is in the fuse box between the fuse and the relay. If there is power, have the helper hold the key in the start position once again and check for power at another terminal from the ignition key. If there is power, the relay is bad. If there is no power, the starter circuit is suspect.

Step 4
Check to see if there is power to the neutral safety switch if there is no power at the relay. Use the voltmeter to check for power with the key in start. If there is power going in, check for power going out. If there is no power going in, the security system or ignition switch is suspect. If there is power going in and none coming out, the switch is bad. If there is power coming out, the problem is between the neutral switch and the relay.

Step 5
Remove the cover on the bottom of the steering column. Check the solid yellow wire for power when the key is in the start position. If there is no power, the ignition switch is bad.

Nov 27, 2009 | 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix

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Starter wont engage

The problem is either the starter solinoid (located on fender near battery) or you are not getting power to the "s" terminal on the starter solinoid from the ignition switch. If you follow the positive battery cable from the battery you'll follow it to the solinoid. Remove the small wire from the terminal marked "s" on the solinoid and using a screwdriver jump from "s" terminal (not the wire) to where positive battery cable connects to solinoid. (with battery connected). If starter doesn't do anything the solinoid is bad. If starter cranks then you are not getting voltage from ignition switch through "s" terminal wire.

Feb 19, 2009 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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