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2003 yzf r1 turns over slowly/starter relay makes clicking noise

2003 yzf r1 barely turns over and the starter relay makes clicking noise then the bike resets.....i tested the starter and battery(brand new battery) and it reads 13.5v ...do i need a new starter? is the starter blown?what should i do? thanks

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  • motocross103 Apr 20, 2009

    i didnt check the starter i dont think? how do i test that? i tested the starter relay the battery came fully charged from the dealership

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  • Dick
    Dick May 11, 2010

    Put one lead of your meter on the thick wire going to the starter and the other to ground. Have someone try to start the bike. You should be getting full voltage 13.5v to the starter. If you are not either you have a loose connection somewhere or a short. Not getting the full voltage to the starter would explain why it was turning over slowly.

  • Dick
    Dick May 11, 2010

    Are you getting 13.5 v at the starter as you attempt to start the bike? Did you fully charge the new battery? Is it full of electrolyte?

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Hi, Tom it should be noted that in order to "PROPERLY" diagnosis any electric starter issue it is "IMPERATIVE" that you begin with a fully charged battery 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a proper load test, and the usual suspects are:
1. Battery terminals have loose or corroded connections.
2. Battery cables faulty due corroded or broken internal wiring at the cable connector especially the "NEGATIVE" cable which needs to be checked at "BOTH" ends.
3. Battery voltage, 12.5 volts or better,to the main circuit breaker to the ignition switch to the security/ignition fuse to the TSM/TSSM module to the engine stop/run switch to the starter button to the starter relay to the green wire that connects to the starter solenoid has dropped more than 1/2 volt.
4. With a voltmeter connected to the battery, the ignition switch in the on position, the kill switch in the run position, the starter button depressed, starter engagement should not bring voltage below 8-9 volts.
If a lower voltage is produced a proper battery load test should be performed with a load tester to validate battery integrity or battery replacement.
5. Faulty starter relay, check continuity.
6. Faulty starter solenoid, check contact plate and shoes for excessive electrical erosion/etching, refurbish as necessary or invert contact plate and use the virgin backside. Check contact shoes for being loose. Replace solenoid if the negative function is still a final outcome.
7. Faulty starter, bench test starter with a 12-volt battery if negative function check, decontaminate and undercut armature commutator segments as necessary, check segments with an ohmmeter probe each one and the segment next to it for shorts. Have the armature tested with a growler and field coils, and brush plate with an ohm-meter for opens, shorts or grounds. Replace brushes if less than .438" It is generally cheaper to overhaul/refurbish a starter motor than buy a new one.
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