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Motorcycle won't turn over just get a clicking noise from a relay under the seat.

We replaced the engine and got it all back together. We topped off all the fluids and installed new spark plugs andwe went to start it and nothing. We checked the battery with a multimeter and it said 4volts, so we charged up the battery. Now all we get is a clicking noise from a relay under the seat that connects from the battery to the starter. Could the starter be bad?

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Check the connections they may be loose. If the connections are loose just tighten them and it should work. If not replace the battery. Most of the time if a battery sulfates it will still show a full charge but will not have the CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) to start the bike. Take the battery and have it tested. CycleGear can test the battery I think. If not most autozones can check the battery. I am 99% sure it will need to be replaced. If the relay or solenoid were bad there would be no clicking at all.

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SOURCE: dead battery or bad solenoid?

You could be hearing the solenoid or the relay,but it sounds like you have a loose connection if it is clicking fast.

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Sometimes after trying to start a bike with a weak battery the starter solenoid gets damaged,or loose connections develop on the solenoid due to heat.It should be next to the battery.

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sometimes fuses that good shud be tested-chec wiring thru bike for cutz n corrosion-a bad relay can giv these symtoms--secure a repair manual for detailed procedures or ask dealer tech

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Check the clutch, neutral and side stand safety interlocks.
Double check that the bike is in neutral, and the clutch is pulled in when trying to start the bike.
If the bike is in gear with the side stand down, the bike cuts off all ignition.
If the clutch isn't pulled in, the starter won't engage.
Check all these safety interlock switches, and make sure you are in neutral with the clutch in when trying to start the bike.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011

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The starter could be drawing too many amps, if thats the case it will need to be replaced. Also the solenoid. When you say there is "no spark" you mean the spark plugs are not firing? When the bike cranks it will not start?

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