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Have a 1975 850 electric start Commando that will only run when the starter button is depressed. Obviously an electrical prob, would appreciate any suggestions. Jack at

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Run power direct to the coil and kick it over - if it runs, you need to work out what it is that is earthing your coil...

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1993 800 suzuki intruder starter button wont work no clicking noise starter relay is new any suggestions

remove starter button cluster and check wires for corrosion etc as they can get weather in ! touch the two button wires together as if to start , if yes the prob is the button so if its a sealed part replace it ! P....

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Bike won't start, nothing wrong with battery, just a clicking noise when ignition button is depressed

Hi, Justin 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, must be 12.5 volts or better, voltage from the battery 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 can not drop more than 1/2 volt of battery voltage.
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 buying a new one.
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Hi i have SACHS EXPRESS 150 CC. i was not sure what model i should pick from drop box below so i just picked random. the problem is when i put the key in there, the light wouldn't come up on the...

Electrical problem.
Better check the ......
  • Relays and clean the terminals.
  • Ignition switch terminal and harness.
  • Clean the harness connectors.
  • Main fuse might have blown.
  • Check the starter switch.
  • Try to directly connect the starter to battery, just to check if it works, if not the prob would be in the starter motor.

Hope that helps you out!

Sep 06, 2011 | Sachs Roadster 125 V2 Motorcycles

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My van won't start... I was told that it was the starter. I replaced it. It still won't start. Now I'm being told that it has a reset button, but where??? Or could it be something electrical. ...

What dose the van do when you turn the key dose all the light come on on the dash? Just trying to pin point your problem

Jun 08, 2011 | 2001 Mazda MPV

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Prob1 Benilli 400 velvet scooter,,,shudders when power is applied, cruises smoothly Prob 2......radiators are poor quality Prob 3 wont start or turn over , no horn or lights....battery fully charged...

Hi, Rodr48 and the usual suspects are:
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2. Engine Run Switch in the "OFF" position.
3. Discharged battery, check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check the battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary.
4. Bank angle sensor tripped and ignition/light key switch not cycled to the "OFF" position and then back to the "ON" position.
5. Security alarm needs a reset.
6. Starter control circuit, relay, or solenoid faulty.
7. Faulty starter button.
8. Electric starter shaft pinion gear is not engaging or over-running starter clutch slipping.
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2007 Road King Classic. When start switch depressed mothing happens, not even starter click. Battery good, no fuses blown, all electrical works except start

I'd guess either the "Run/Start" switch in in the "stop" position, (don't laugh, i've done it myself), you have a security system problem, or your starter relay is bad. The relay is a one cube looking device that acts a control circuitry for your starter. Usually they are under the seat but Harley has started moving things around so much lately that I can't keep up with them. It is going to be back near your starter somewhere. When you find it, turn the switch on and depress the start button. You should feel a noticable "click" if you are holding onto the relay. Now, look at the end of your starter from the right side of the bike. You'll see the end plate (pentagon shaped plate with three screws) with a small wire plugged into a connector at the top of the plate. Disconnect the wire and stick a test light or a volt meter into the wire side of the plug, not the starter side. Turn on the switch and press the start button. The test light should light up or the meter should show battery voltage. If it doesn't, you relay could be bad. Almost any auto parts store should have one.

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My 81 yamaha maxim has a new battery, new plugs, solenoid works, starter is fine...was starting to turn over, but now won't even fire. When I push the starter button..nothing now happens. Is this a wiring...

Dumb question, but did you check the fuse? if so,
wiring could be the culprit. You can dissasemble the starter button and check it (its just a contact button). Or you can jump your harness to see if rest is working (this requires some electrical knowledge).

Mar 31, 2010 | 1981 Yamaha XJ 650

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When I push the electric start button on my 2004

use a test light to find out if there is power going to the starter. take the rubber cover off the top of the selonoid. it should be some where near the battery. one post of the selonoid should have power constantly and the other one should not untill the start button is depressed. if the light lights when you hit the button, there is either a problem with the power cable going to the starter or the starter its self.

Oct 14, 2009 | 2004 Yamaha WR 450 F

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Bike has electrical power , but starter doesnt do anything, battery is good. how do I differencate the problem? starter , coil , other electrical componet? it was just laid down before it start going bad....

Check the start solenoid. Check the large terminals. Do you understand how it works?

When you press the start button, you energize a electric magnet that pulls a disk against the bottom of the two large terminals. Over time, these connections become burned and they may not make a connection.

So, one terminal is the battery, the other goes to the starter. check for voltage on the start side with the key on and the start switch depressed. Voltage = starter trouble. No voltage = your solenoid may need replacing.

Prove it ... with a jumper cable (really, a automotive grade jumper cable ... not a little wire) connect the battery side to the start side to see if the starter will spin.

I hope this helps you


Oct 14, 2009 | 2002 Honda VT 750 DC Shadow Spirit

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Elecric start problem- kick start good

hi m8,, first try this, take the handle bar start button switch gear appart,,and clean the starter button terminals that connect wen u push button in,,spray some wd40 inside the switch gear wen u put it back together,,,,,often after off roading ,,connections that the eye cant see corrode wen the bike is washed down,, any probs still ,, shout and il anserw m8,,,,,cheers

Jan 08, 2009 | 2004 Yamaha WR 450 F

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