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Honda 400ex starting issue

It all started with a battery relocation box install, PIA I might say.. Connected everything back up and hit the starter and the starter just started spinning without turning over the motor and would not stop until I disconnected the battery.. Not sure what the issue was there as I was freaked out. Pulled up a wiring diagram and hooked everything back up again ( I think ) and now when I hit the starter button the starter spins but WILL NOT turn over engine. At least the starter stops now when I release the button. So I pulled the starter cap/cover off and hit the start button and the starter spins fine counter clockwise (is this correct)? and the gear that rest on the starter gear seems fine. With the second gear out I can reach my finger down in the case and turn the next gear in one direction, but it does not turn the other (or at least not easy). I have a new battery. Also it bump starts and runs fine. So everything I have read says starter clutch. Is this the same as the one way gear? Or is the gear I can reach with my finger the one way gear and if that is the case it is only turning one way. Also could I have something wired wrong making my starter turn the wrong way thus just spinning the one way gear? Anyways in my haste I got a new starter only to realize it was not the starter.. I have a starter clutch part number 28126-HA7-673 on the way I hope this is the correct part. OK Update... I have replaced the starter clutch with thanks to the machine shop to get those dam Allen head screws out.. Got everything buttoned up with a new gasket.. hit the starter button.. and same thing.. Just a spinning sound and the motor does not turn over. OK.. now what? Remember it push starts fine and has a brand new battery. Take the starter cover off and the starter is spinning. I am sick needing to ride..

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: after motor work starter runs when power applied

sounds like starter solenoid is staying energized sending continued power to starter. need to make sure you plugged the right wire from the starter button and not another hot wire w/ fulltime hot. also if thats ok need to test for power turning off to solenoid when releasing button. if thats ok try tapping on solenoid. lastly, make sure your positive cable from battery is hooked to starter solenoid, then another hot cable(longer) hooks from solenoid to starter, if you hook long hot cable directly from starter to battery, starter will continueous spin.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 1986 honda shadow will not start.

Based on what you said, I think you have a faulty solenoid.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Attempted to start , pushed start button , engine

Ok, make sure your battery is installed and connected correctly. The connections should be clean and tight. Now, look at the end of your starter. You'll see a five sided plate with a tower like thing in the middle on the end of your starter. Just above it is a single wire that plugs onto the starter. Unplug this wire and insert a test light into the wire. Turn your ignition on and press the start button. If the light lights up, your starter is bad. If it doesn, you've got another problem.

If the light does not light up, you'll have to find the starter relay. Harley moves these things around all the time so you never know where to look for one from year to year. I'd start under the seat and then move to the side panels if necessary. The relay is a typical one inch cube made of plastic. When you find it, turn on the igntion and press the start button while holding the relay. It should click. If if doesn't, it's probably bad and even if it does, it's probably bad. I'd replace the part as it's not all that expensive.

If you suspect the starter, go back and remove the three screws that hold the five sided plate onto the starter. Behind the plate you see a plunger with a spring on it. NOW, MAKE SURE THE TRANSMISSION IS OUT OF GEAR. Using a large screwdriver, push the plunger into the starter as far as it will go. The starter should engage and turn the engine. If not, you may have to replace the large copper contacts in the solenoid.

I hope this helps you find and fix your problem

Ride Safe
Steve

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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SOURCE: 1979 sportster - selenoid has

Or the big washer in solenoid is burnt & sticking take apart sand big copper washer & part it touches reassemble .. you may also ask this ? at harleytalking.com they have helped me...

Posted on Apr 21, 2011

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SOURCE: 85 FXRS, press starter button and solenoid wont release unless bike starts.If bike doesnt start battery runs down(discharges)very rapidly

starter cog jamming on spline take out starter motor disconnect cog and lubricate .

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