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Ground wire I had bad ground and the bike would not start. I cleaned the ground connection and bike started fine for a week. Now same problem. Could the actual ground wire be going bad? This is the ground wire from the battery to the frame

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Sometimes a battery cable (near the cable terminal end at the battery) can get acidic corrosion (the "crud" that some batteries get on the terminals) in the wires under the insulated outer layer, and the individual cable strands can start breaking.

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Who told you to test your R/R that way? When you're testing the stator by looking for resistance between the yellow wires and ground do you get 0 or do you get no reading/infinite? If you get 0 the stator is bad. There's a PDF here: http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/diagnosis/pdf/fault-finding-diagram.pdf If you use this diagram you won't have to ask us any questions other than where do I get xxx part?,,,

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so where did you find the bad ground, and if I wire the negitive side directly to the frame can that be a permanant fix? Myne is doing the exact same thing

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Sounds like a loose wire in the battery box somewhere. Or even under the seat is where the wires run after leaving the battery box.

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Ok simple things first have you checked the fuse if so does it have light hor & indicators I so youwill more than likely find that you have in your words fried the starter solonoid be sure to check all the wireing it could be fried any where electrical burns are usualy easaly located but sometimes the hide you will need to be diligent in yor search all the best.Geoff

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SOURCE: 1985 Xj700 Maxim will not start, just a single

HI, LETS REMEMBER THE STARTER RELAY IS ONLY A MAGNETIC SWITCH, WHICH WHEN THE STARTER SWITCH IS PRESSED IT OPENS THE CIRCUIT AND ALOWS 12V DC TO COMPLETE THE CIRCUIT TO THE STARTER MOTOR, IF YOU BRIDGE THE 2 THICK WIRES AT THE STARTER RELAY WITH THE IGNITION SWITCHED ON, 1 COMES FROM THE BATERY, AND THE OTHER GOES TO THE STARTER MOTOR, AND YOU HAVE SUFICIANT POWER IN YOUR BATTERY THE ENGINE WILL TURN OVER AND START, THUS ELIMINATING THE RELAY, IF THE STARTER DOES NOT TURN OVER THE ENGINE WHEN YOU DO THIS IT IS LIKELY THE STARTER MOTOR ITSELF IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY, YOU COULD ALWAYS REMOVE THE WIRE FROM THE RELAY AND PUT IT MOMENTARILY DIRECT TO THE POS SIDE OF THE BATTERY, INSTEAD OF BRIDGING AT THE RELAY, REMEMBER THAT IF THE BIKE RUNS WHEN YOU JUMP START IT, THEN THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE STARTING SIDE , AND NOT THE IGNITION SIDE AS THE IGNITOR IS CONECTED TO THE IGNITION SIDE REPLACING THIS WOULD BE A WASTE OF FUNDS. THESE MACHINES ALSO HAD PROBLEMS EARLY ON WITH STARTER MOTORS & THE STARTER CLUTCH, WHICH IS A ONE WAY CLUTCH LOCATED IN THE LH ENGINE COVER ALONG WITH THE AC GENERATOR

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Check ground wire that usually connects from battery to Starter bolt.
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Sounds like you have some kind of wiring short.Look at all wiring harnesses to see if there is a wear spot on wire sheild.Somwhere on that bike somthing is grounding out.Check wires from battery to motor and make sure there not bad.Sounds like the person who owened it before you was having electrical problems that why it has never started with starter.And now the problem has stopped bike completly.Do yourself a favor to rule out a spark problem.Remove sparkplug from engine, put sparkplug back in wire boot.Holding rubber boot touch and hold spark plug to head of bike.Make sure kill switch and key are in run position and kick bike over.See if sparkplug has crisp blue spark.If so you have a fuel problem.Then i would remove and clean carborator.But this definitly sounds like a short in wiring somwhere.Your gonna have to trace all wires to make sure there isnt a ground.Good Luck...

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I understand how you feel about underhood tasks. The termnial connections were the easiest for me to start with. I suggest you have a tech check thie wiring on this vehicle. You obviously have a bad ground wire that will need to be traced to find a solution.

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from the solenoid to the battery. And also connected a new ground. I left the original ground cable in place and connected the new one to one of the bolts in the clutch cover. After measuring with a multimeter this was the best one I found. I used 16 mm thick power cable that's normally applied in cars. Twice as big as the stock wiring with huge connections for maximum contact. When I tried to start the bike it fired up like never before. Waaauw. Measured the battery voltage at 3000 rpm and read 13.7 V on the multimeter must be enough. I didn't bother to measure the regulator, cause the charging system seems to be working just fine. Took the bike for a spin around the block, stopped, shut it off and started right up again. Before the cable transplant , even getting it started with a warm engine was a hassle. Now you can really hear the starter click without effort. Also tested at high speed/revs, the rev needle doesn't jump up and down anymore. The dashboard light doesn't flicker anymore. Well, juuuust a little bit, but not more than it should. The clock didn't jump to 00:00 anymore. So I guess the faulty ground, corroded connections and the original wires were causing most of my problems. Luckily I have a week off from work next week, so I got all the time to test the bike. I even think I'll put the fairing right back on tomorrow morning, if the bike starts at first attempt after a cold night in the garage. It's sure a good test to build my confidence back up. Quite important if my bike should get me to work every morning. Thanks again for all the advice guys. I hope I'll still have good news in 3 or 4 days, after I properly tested my red fury. For everyone else who has read this thread. Keep your connections clean and change your stock wiring to bigger wires even if you don't have starting problems (yet)!,It does sound like the battery may not be holding it's charge very well. If it's not very recent it may be due for replacing. A 10W40 oils should be ok for both winter and summer and is what is specified by Ducati for temperatures down to -10C. Although a 5w40 might give the starter an easier time, I suspect that the real culprit is the battery.,,,

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from the solenoid to the battery. And also connected a new ground. I left the original ground cable in place and connected the new one to one of the bolts in the clutch cover. After measuring with a multimeter this was the best one I found. I used 16 mm thick power cable that's normally applied in cars. Twice as big as the stock wiring with huge connections for maximum contact. When I tried to start the bike it fired up like never before. Waaauw. Measured the battery voltage at 3000 rpm and read 13.7 V on the multimeter must be enough. I didn't bother to measure the regulator, cause the charging system seems to be working just fine. Took the bike for a spin around the block, stopped, shut it off and started right up again. Before the cable transplant , even getting it started with a warm engine was a hassle. Now you can really hear the starter click without effort. Also tested at high speed/revs, the rev needle doesn't jump up and down anymore. The dashboard light doesn't flicker anymore. Well, juuuust a little bit, but not more than it should. The clock didn't jump to 00:00 anymore. So I guess the faulty ground, corroded connections and the original wires were causing most of my problems. Luckily I have a week off from work next week, so I got all the time to test the bike. I even think I'll put the fairing right back on tomorrow morning, if the bike starts at first attempt after a cold night in the garage. It's sure a good test to build my confidence back up. Quite important if my bike should get me to work every morning. Thanks again for all the advice guys. I hope I'll still have good news in 3 or 4 days, after I properly tested my red fury. For everyone else who has read this thread. Keep your connections clean and change your stock wiring to bigger wires even if you don't have starting problems (yet)!,It does sound like the battery may not be holding it's charge very well. If it's not very recent it may be due for replacing. A 10W40 oils should be ok for both winter and summer and is what is specified by Ducati for temperatures down to -10C. Although a 5w40 might give the starter an easier time, I suspect that the real culprit is the battery.,,,

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from the solenoid to the battery. And also connected a new ground. I left the original ground cable in place and connected the new one to one of the bolts in the clutch cover. After measuring with a multimeter this was the best one I found. I used 16 mm thick power cable that's normally applied in cars. Twice as big as the stock wiring with huge connections for maximum contact. When I tried to start the bike it fired up like never before. Waaauw. Measured the battery voltage at 3000 rpm and read 13.7 V on the multimeter must be enough. I didn't bother to measure the regulator, cause the charging system seems to be working just fine. Took the bike for a spin around the block, stopped, shut it off and started right up again. Before the cable transplant , even getting it started with a warm engine was a hassle. Now you can really hear the starter click without effort. Also tested at high speed/revs, the rev needle doesn't jump up and down anymore. The dashboard light doesn't flicker anymore. Well, juuuust a little bit, but not more than it should. The clock didn't jump to 00:00 anymore. So I guess the faulty ground, corroded connections and the original wires were causing most of my problems. Luckily I have a week off from work next week, so I got all the time to test the bike. I even think I'll put the fairing right back on tomorrow morning, if the bike starts at first attempt after a cold night in the garage. It's sure a good test to build my confidence back up. Quite important if my bike should get me to work every morning. Thanks again for all the advice guys. I hope I'll still have good news in 3 or 4 days, after I properly tested my red fury. For everyone else who has read this thread. Keep your connections clean and change your stock wiring to bigger wires even if you don't have starting problems (yet)!,It does sound like the battery may not be holding it's charge very well. If it's not very recent it may be due for replacing. A 10W40 oils should be ok for both winter and summer and is what is specified by Ducati for temperatures down to -10C. Although a 5w40 might give the starter an easier time, I suspect that the real culprit is the battery.,,,

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from the solenoid to the battery. And also connected a new ground. I left the original ground cable in place and connected the new one to one of the bolts in the clutch cover. After measuring with a multimeter this was the best one I found. I used 16 mm thick power cable that's normally applied in cars. Twice as big as the stock wiring with huge connections for maximum contact. When I tried to start the bike it fired up like never before. Waaauw. Measured the battery voltage at 3000 rpm and read 13.7 V on the multimeter must be enough. I didn't bother to measure the regulator, cause the charging system seems to be working just fine. Took the bike for a spin around the block, stopped, shut it off and started right up again. Before the cable transplant , even getting it started with a warm engine was a hassle. Now you can really hear the starter click without effort. Also tested at high speed/revs, the rev needle doesn't jump up and down anymore. The dashboard light doesn't flicker anymore. Well, juuuust a little bit, but not more than it should. The clock didn't jump to 00:00 anymore. So I guess the faulty ground, corroded connections and the original wires were causing most of my problems. Luckily I have a week off from work next week, so I got all the time to test the bike. I even think I'll put the fairing right back on tomorrow morning, if the bike starts at first attempt after a cold night in the garage. It's sure a good test to build my confidence back up. Quite important if my bike should get me to work every morning. Thanks again for all the advice guys. I hope I'll still have good news in 3 or 4 days, after I properly tested my red fury. For everyone else who has read this thread. Keep your connections clean and change your stock wiring to bigger wires even if you don't have starting problems (yet)!,It does sound like the battery may not be holding it's charge very well. If it's not very recent it may be due for replacing. A 10W40 oils should be ok for both winter and summer and is what is specified by Ducati for temperatures down to -10C. Although a 5w40 might give the starter an easier time, I suspect that the real culprit is the battery.,,,

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from the solenoid to the battery. And also connected a new ground. I left the original ground cable in place and connected the new one to one of the bolts in the clutch cover. After measuring with a multimeter this was the best one I found. I used 16 mm thick power cable that's normally applied in cars. Twice as big as the stock wiring with huge connections for maximum contact. When I tried to start the bike it fired up like never before. Waaauw. Measured the battery voltage at 3000 rpm and read 13.7 V on the multimeter must be enough. I didn't bother to measure the regulator, cause the charging system seems to be working just fine. Took the bike for a spin around the block, stopped, shut it off and started right up again. Before the cable transplant , even getting it started with a warm engine was a hassle. Now you can really hear the starter click without effort. Also tested at high speed/revs, the rev needle doesn't jump up and down anymore. The dashboard light doesn't flicker anymore. Well, juuuust a little bit, but not more than it should. The clock didn't jump to 00:00 anymore. So I guess the faulty ground, corroded connections and the original wires were causing most of my problems. Luckily I have a week off from work next week, so I got all the time to test the bike. I even think I'll put the fairing right back on tomorrow morning, if the bike starts at first attempt after a cold night in the garage. It's sure a good test to build my confidence back up. Quite important if my bike should get me to work every morning. Thanks again for all the advice guys. I hope I'll still have good news in 3 or 4 days, after I properly tested my red fury. For everyone else who has read this thread. Keep your connections clean and change your stock wiring to bigger wires even if you don't have starting problems (yet)!,It does sound like the battery may not be holding it's charge very well. If it's not very recent it may be due for replacing. A 10W40 oils should be ok for both winter and summer and is what is specified by Ducati for temperatures down to -10C. Although a 5w40 might give the starter an easier time, I suspect that the real culprit is the battery.,,,

Nov 10, 2008 | 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

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Starting issues


from the solenoid to the battery. And also connected a new ground. I left the original ground cable in place and connected the new one to one of the bolts in the clutch cover. After measuring with a multimeter this was the best one I found. I used 16 mm thick power cable that's normally applied in cars. Twice as big as the stock wiring with huge connections for maximum contact. When I tried to start the bike it fired up like never before. Waaauw. Measured the battery voltage at 3000 rpm and read 13.7 V on the multimeter must be enough. I didn't bother to measure the regulator, cause the charging system seems to be working just fine. Took the bike for a spin around the block, stopped, shut it off and started right up again. Before the cable transplant , even getting it started with a warm engine was a hassle. Now you can really hear the starter click without effort. Also tested at high speed/revs, the rev needle doesn't jump up and down anymore. The dashboard light doesn't flicker anymore. Well, juuuust a little bit, but not more than it should. The clock didn't jump to 00:00 anymore. So I guess the faulty ground, corroded connections and the original wires were causing most of my problems. Luckily I have a week off from work next week, so I got all the time to test the bike. I even think I'll put the fairing right back on tomorrow morning, if the bike starts at first attempt after a cold night in the garage. It's sure a good test to build my confidence back up. Quite important if my bike should get me to work every morning. Thanks again for all the advice guys. I hope I'll still have good news in 3 or 4 days, after I properly tested my red fury. For everyone else who has read this thread. Keep your connections clean and change your stock wiring to bigger wires even if you don't have starting problems (yet)!,It does sound like the battery may not be holding it's charge very well. If it's not very recent it may be due for replacing. A 10W40 oils should be ok for both winter and summer and is what is specified by Ducati for temperatures down to -10C. Although a 5w40 might give the starter an easier time, I suspect that the real culprit is the battery.,,,

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