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2005 Honda Shadow Sabre starter doesn't always engage when starter button is pushed. Sometimes the solenoid clicks, sometimes nothing happens at all. I've cleaned the battery posts and cable ends. Where should I look next?

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Check the connections on the starter solenoid and on the starter. Then I would check the starter button.

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You have a dirty or broken starter button on the handle bar. The button is a two position switch that turns off the headlight so more juice goes to the starter and activates the solenoid to send power to the starter. If you work carefully you can take the switch apart and clean the button. If cleaning solution does not fix the short you will have to replace the right hand switch assembly to fix the issue.

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The starter button on a Honda does two things. When pushed in half way it turns off the headlight so there is more juice for the starter, then when pushed in the rest of the way it engages the solenoid going to the starter. It's pretty obvious that you need a right switch assembly. Or a good starter button removed from another switch assembly. Honda only sells the button as part of the complete switch assembly. Sometimes you can take a switch apart and clean the button contacts(I have done this) But you must work carefully so you dont damage or lose pieces.Sometimes the only option is to buy a different switch.Good Luck.

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