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Is the battery dead???? Is the relay okay??? Is the run switch ON??? Is there other electrical power on or not???? Did you check fuses????

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Suziki Boulevard C90 wont start, when hitting the ignition nothing happens, but the lights dim


Your starter button is a two position switch. The lights are supposed to go dim when the button is pushed halfway in. When pushed in all the way it should activate the starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located under the seat next to the battery. You can follow the positive battery cable directly to the starter solenoid. If you push the starter button and the starter solenoid clicks, then the starter button is good. If the you unplug the two smaller wires going to the starter solenoid and connect a voltage meter to the main harness leads , the needle should jump whenever you press the starter button. If it does not clean the button contacts or replace the right switch assembly. If the starter button is good then take a jumper wire and short across the two battery cables on the starter solenoid. This will put power directly to the the starter. If the starter works now replace the starter solenoid. If your starter still does not work, try holding the starter button and tapping on the starter with a plastic hammer. If the starter works now then you probably need to replace the starter brushes. If anything else is wrong with the starter you will need to replace the assembly as the dealer will usually only offer the starter brushes for repair purpose.

Jun 18, 2011 | 2005 Suzuki Boulevard C90

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When I push the starter button on my motorcycle, my starter does not spin.


Your starter button is a two position switch. The lights are supposed to go dim when the button is pushed halfway in. When pushed in all the way it should activate the starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located under the seat next to the battery. You can follow the positive battery cable directly to the starter solenoid. If you push the starter button and the starter solenoid clicks, then the starter button is good. If the you unplug the two smaller wires going to the starter solenoid and connect a voltage meter to the main harness leads , the needle should jump whenever you press the starter button. If it does not clean the button contacts or replace the right switch assembly. If the starter button is good then take a jumper wire and short across the two battery cables on the starter solenoid. This will put power directly to the the starter. If the starter works now replace the starter solenoid. If your starter still does not work, try holding the starter button and tapping on the starter with a plastic hammer. If the starter works now then you probably need to replace the starter brushes. If anything else is wrong with the starter you will need to replace the assembly as the dealer will usually only offer the starter brushes for repair purpose. If your starter is spinning but the motor is not turning over, then the one way clutch, on the flywheel inside the motor, needs to be repaired or replaced.

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Have 2003 Honda Sabre. All electrical working fine. New battery. When I press starter button nothing happens. Could there be a blown fuse. All 10amp fuses good


Chances are that that problem is not fuse related. It is more likely you have a defective starter button. The starter button does two things. First, it turns off the headlight and , second, it activates the starter solenoid. If your starter solenoid clicks when you push the starter button, the starter button is good. If nothing happens when you press the starter button it may be dirty or broken. Try taking the switch apart and cleaning the button contacts.
Next go to the starter solenoid and try jumping the power from one solenoid post to the other. You can use a jumper cable clamp, a screw driver, or touch the two cables together, this sends power directly to the starter. If the starter works now you have a bad solenoid (burnt internal contact points).
If you hold the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer or back of a screw driver and the starter works , you need new starter brushes. There are no other parts (other than brushes) available for the starter from Honda. If the bearings are bad or the armature is shorted you will have to replace the starter assembly.

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My 250 vt 1999 turn key on headlights everything works! when I press start button headlight goes out and bike dosnt start, take finger off start button head light comes back on.


Your starter button is designed to turn the headlight off when pushed in halfway so all the batteries electricity goes to the starter. The starter button is a two position switch. The starter button may be either dirty and need cleaning or is broken and needs to be replaced. If you push the button all the way in do you hear a click? If you hear a click by the battery , then the starter button is good. Follow the positive battery cable to the starter solenoid. With an old screw driver or a piece of wire touch the two terminal posts on the starter solenoid together. If your starter works now you have a bad starter solenoid. If you hold the starter button and lightly tap on the starter with a plastic hammer and the starter works, then you probably need to replace your starter brushes they are worn out.

Jan 25, 2011 | 1984 Honda VT 500 C Shadow

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I have a 2001 Vulcan Nomad 1500 my problem and question is the electric start button does not engage the starter. When i turn the key on all the lights works including blinkers but it seems there is no...


I assume the engine is not seized and the battery is charged and good. Unplug the two small wires going to the starter solenoid and push the starter button . With a voltage meter on the wires from the harness you should have continuity.Reconnect the wires. Push the starter button, if you hear a click from the solenoid, the button is good. Now , jump the two cable posts on the starter solenoid. If the starter works you have a bad solenoid. If you push the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer and the starter works, you need new starter brushes. If anything else in the starter is keeping it from working you need a new starter , the starter parts are probably not available from the manufacturer.

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The starter does not turn the engine over, it jus clicks?


I assume the engine is not seized and the battery is charged and good. Unplug the two small wires going to the starter solenoid and push the starter button . With a voltage meter on the wires from the harness you should have continuity.Reconnect the wires. Push the starter button, if you hear a click from the solenoid the button is good. Now , jump the two cable posts on the starter solenoid. If the starter works you have a bad solenoid. If you push the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer and the starter works, you need new starter brushes. If anything else in the starter is keeping it from working you need a new starter , the starter parts are not available from the manufacturer.

Oct 03, 2010 | 2004 Suzuki GS 500 F

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No action at all from starter motor, not even a click when you press the button.


Follow the positive battery cable to the starter solenoid. Unplug the two small wires going to the starter solenoid and push the starter button . With a voltage meter on the wires from the harness you should have continuity.Reconnect the wires. Push the starter button, if you hear a click from the solenoid the button is good. Now, jump the two cable posts on the starter solenoid. If the starter works you have a bad solenoid. If you push the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer and the starter works, you need new starter brushes. If anything else in the starter is keeping it from working (shorted or worn armature,corrosion, bad end cap, etc.) you need a new starter , the starter parts are not available from the manufacturer.

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Bike wont turn over


I assume the engine is not seized and the battery is charged and good. Unplug the two small wires going to the starter solenoid and push the starter button . With a voltage meter on the wires from the harness you should have continuity.Reconnect the wires. Push the starter button, if you hear a click from the solenoid the button is good. Now , jump the two cable posts on the starter solenoid. If the starter works you have a bad solenoid. If you push the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer and the starter works, you need new starter brushes. If anything else in the starter is keeping it from working you need a new starter , the starter parts are not available from the manufacturer.

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When the starter button is pressed the engine doesn't turn over and start. The bike sounds like it will start briefly and then there is just a clicking sound.


If you press the starter button and it clicks, the starter button is good. If you short across the terminals on the starter solenoid and the starter works, you have a bad solenoid. If you hold the starter button and tap the starter with a plastic hammer and it works, you need starter brushes. Anything else wrong with the starter and you need a new starter .

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Starter wont turn


Push the starter button , if the solenoid clicks the button is good. If not check the button for continuity. Follow the positive battery cable to the solenoid. Jump the solenoid posts, if the starter works , you need a new solenoid. If you hold the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer, and the starter works, you need starter brushes. If you open the starter and the armature is shorted or the coils are grounded or burnt, replace the starter assembly.

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