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How to connect solenoid to and electric starter with a bush button switch

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My dr200 won't start with the starter motor I've taking it out and tested it and it turns over but when it's in the bike and I push the button nothing happens can anyone please help me out cheers

Sounds like the starter solenoid is not transferring electrical power to the starter, or starter relay (if fitted) is not working. Check for a good engine earth. Connect a test light to the starter terminal and an earth, press the button, if it does not light, follow the cable to the solenoid and test for power to the solenoid from the battery, check earth to solenoid body and using the test light check the small wire has power when the button is pushed, if no then you are looking at the relay. Silly question, have you checked the side stand switch, kill switch and neutral switch. These all break the power to the starter solenoid. If you bridge any of these switches, please ensure the bike is in neutral. Good Luck

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1990 XT 600E: Someone tried to steal it - damaged ignition. Have fitted a new ignition switch (a 6 wire one) the original was 4 wires. However, have connected all four of the original wires to the correct...

There is nothing in a modern regulator/rectifier that should be making a click sound. Did you mean the starter solenoid just goes click? If this is the case take an old screw driver or a piece of wire and short across the two solenoid terminals. If the starter now works you also have a bad starter solenoid. If you hold the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer, and the starter works, you probably need new starter brushes.

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93 shadow VLX 600, insert key, turn on ,all lights work except the headlight,(checked bulb-good), checked, starter , starter relay, battery, ignition, on switch, start switch, electrical connections, no...

You either have a broken/disconnected wire or you have a bad starter button. The starter button is a two position switch. Push it in half way and the headlight turns off. Push it in all the way and the solenoid engages the starter. The button is either dirty or broken.

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New relay soliniod and starter and soliniod kicks in but strater doesnt

Okay, the solenoid has a plunger in it. When you push the start button, the plunger is pulled into the solenoid. When this happens, two things take place. One, the plunger is connected to a fork that moves the starter drive (Bendix) outward to engage the ring gear on the outer clutch drum. Two, the plunger pushes on a shaft that has a large copper ring on it to make contact with the two large copper contacts in the solenoid end cap. If the end cap is cracked, the ring may not make contact and start the starter.

Make sure that the spring and shifter fork are assembled correctly. The ends of the fork on the starter drive side must be in tracks on the Bendix. The spring, cup, and pin must be assembled correctly in order to move the starter drive gear into mesh with the ring gear. You should be able to pull on the plunger that goes into the solenoid and feel the starter drive move forward and backwards freely.

Install the solenoid and connect all connections. Once you have it all hooked up, make sure the bike is in neutral. Using an old screwdriver, short between the small terminal with the black wire on it on the back of the solenoid and the large terminal at the top of the solenoid with the battery cable coming from the positive post of the battery, Does the starter turn the engine over. If so, the problem you have is electrical in nature, not mechnical.

Now, using a test light or volt meter, touch the small terminal on the solenoid with the black wire on it. Turn on the ignition switch and press the start switch. Do you have voltage there? If not, go back to the starter solenoid. Here, just like on the solenoid, you have three terminals. Depending on which starter relay you have, you may have two large large and one small or three 'tabs". Put your test light to each terminal one at a time and press the start button with the switch on. One wire should have power to it with the button pressed but lose it when you release the button. Do you have voltage? If not, your problem is in the wire running from the starter relay to the handlebar switch.

Now, since there are two black wires at the starter relay, one from the switch and one from the starter solenoid, make sure you have them on the right post of the relay. If your solenoid came with instructions, make sure you have the wire from the solenoid connected to the correct connection on the relay. If you can't figure it out. Turn the switch on and press and hold the starter button. One of the black wires should go "hot". Touch that wire to each of the terminals on the relay until you hear it "click". When you hear the click, this is the connection for that wire. Hook the "hot" wire to one of the other terminals and the black wire going to the solenoid to the other. Now, when you press the start button, the solenoid should "click" and power to the small terminal on the starter solenoid.

If neither of the black wires goes hot when you press the start switch, the switch is probably bad. Those are the same switches they used on the old Shovelhead bikes and they weren't that good. The replacements you buy today are pure junk, made in China. You may want to upgrade your handlebar switches to later model switches.

Let me know what you find. I may have to move you off forum in order to provide additional help.

Good luck

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1998 Toyota Camry --- car intermittenly won't start -- doesn't click like a bad starter but simply won;t turnover like the battery is dead - eventually it starts - brand new battery 1 month old??

When the bushes in a starter get worn, it can cause the armature to rub on the magnetic poles (poleing) This can cause the starter turn slow or not at all
The sintered metal bushes are like bearings. Not to be confused with carbon brushes which are the electrical connectors.
When a starter clicks, it is the solenoid you can hear.supplying power through the brushes.

A starter that is poleing,often stops in a place where it isnt rubbing, and works fine the next start.
There can be other problems with a starter , perhaps one of the brushes is sticking, or the solenoid.
When it happens a tap with a hammer on the starter or solenoid, while a friend turns the key, is enough to get it working( this isnt a fix but might get you started in an emergency)

There is also the possibility of a loose or dirty cable connection, from when the new battery was installed

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Vehicle will click but not start, tried juming still clicks , only 10000 original milesany suggestions

Assuming your battery is properly charged and has a good connection, it's your starter solenoid (relay) that has failed.

The starter solenoid receives a large electric current from the car battery and a small electric current from the ignition switch. When the ignition switch is turned on, a small electric current is sent to the starter solenoid. This causes the starter solenoid to close a pair of heavy contacts, thus relaying a large electric current to the starter motor, which in turn sets the engine in motion.

If a starter solenoid receives insufficient power from the battery, it will fail to start the motor, and may produce a rapid clicking or clacking sound. The lack of power can be caused by a low or dead battery, by corroded or loose connections in the battery cable, or by a damaged positive (red) cable from the battery. Any of these problems will result in some, but not enough, power being sent to the solenoid, which means that the solenoid will simply make a clicking sound, rather than setting the starter motor in motion.

If these items are all okay, it is likely you need to replace the solenoid.

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The only fuse within the electric starting circuit is the 30A main fuse which should be located near the starter solenoid. If this fuse were blown, however, you would have no electrical power at all. So, if only the starter isn't working - and the battery is fully charged, you've got either a faulty starter button, or a bad starter solenoid. Just listen for the solenoid to make a distinct 'clicking' sound when the starter button is pushed. No click, then replace the right handlebar switch assembly. If it clicks and the starter still doesn't work - use a large screwdriver to bridge the two large cable connections atop the solenoid. If this makes the starter spin, then you need a new solenoid.

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Try to by pass the starter switch and see what happens, checkthe battery terminals and the starter solenoid switch connections.

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2000 yamaha ttr powe

Trace the starter wire to the solenoid. Any loose connections? Check the other heavy wire to the solenoid. It should have power present at all times. If no click from the solenoid when the starter button is pressed, check the wiring connections coming from the handlebar. Lastly, look at the starter switch for possible damage from the spill.

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