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I have a 1998 suzuki tl 1000 r and it will not start what do i need to do

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  • l_davis777 Jun 27, 2009

    no when i put the key in and turn it on to start it will not do anything. the lights will not come on the fan will not come on it will not do or say anything i got a new batt because i thought that was the prob

  • Z Laws May 11, 2010

    Have you checked the fuses? The alarm? The battery terminals?



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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

By " will not start  " I presume you mean that the starter motor will not spin. If yes:

  • try with the clutch lever pulled in and/or the side stand folded up. If it works, then the safety interlocks have to be checked;
  • if there is a clicking sound, follow the battery cable from the battery's + terminal;
  • it would end in 1 of the terminals of the starter relay;
  • while pushing on the start button, short the 2 big terminals of the starter relay on the nuts (not on the threaded portion);
  • expect a big spark;
  • if the starter motor spins when shorting the 2 terminals, the starter relay is faulty;
  • if  no spin, then the starter motor is faulty, most likely the carbon brushes.

Should the above be not applicable yo your concern, please postback and describe fully the problem.

Goodluck and thank you for asking FixYa.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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    Louie Role Jun 27, 2009

    Appreciate your postback and additional information.

    Almost always, your described problem indicates that there is a loose or corroded connection from the battery's + terminal towards the ignition switch. Anything in between would then be suspect. Start by checking the main fuse and the fuse holder. In most versions, the main fuse holder would be integrated with the starter relay. It is not uncommon for the clips that holds the fuse to be corroded or loose. Check and correct as required. From the starter relay would be a red wire and a red / white wire (if I recall right).  The red wire goes to the ignition (main) switch.

    To test and verify where the missing +12 is, preferably use a test light rather than a voltmeter. With the clip end attached to the ground, test the battery's + terminal, to the starter relay terminal, the red wire from the same relay all the way to the ignition switch.

    It is of course assumed that the battery terminals and cables are clean and tightly connected to their respective attachment points and all the fuses have been checked & verified to be good.

    Would appreciate an update on results.



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