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BMW R 1200 C - 1998 - battery good - only clicks when starter but

Battery good - lights come one etc - power at the selenoid but starter will not engage or show signs of turning. Bad selnoid ? any other relay ?

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  • John Crosby Jan 12, 2009

    starter engages but does not spin - does it need new brushes ?


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Check the starter it self maybe jammed

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