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I push the starter button but the olny thing that happens is the headligt goes dim//the bat is full charged

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Either he button has gone bad. bad contacts to severely corroded or the starter itself has gone bad. Open the switch housing anf look there first. use a fine emery cloth or small finger nail file (cardboard one) to clean the contacts. squirt a little contact cleaner there too. Add a little dielectric grease to the contacts, reassemble and see what happens. if nothing happens... then it is the started itself

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