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I have a 2001 Triumph Bonneville. Battery appears to be fully charged. When I push the starter button, all I hear is spinning, some type of rachet sound and it does not start. I am charging battery now, any suggestions on where to start in trouble shooting?

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  • randymgarcia May 13, 2010

    Your recommendation sounds very promising. As I said I am charging the battery now and will attempt your suggestion. I was leaning toward the starter motor, but was hoping it might be the starter solenoid.

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Charge the battery up and use jumper leads from a car ,if problem persists then its new starter motor ,because it could be the bendix pinion from your description ,but it might just be the battery not holding enough reserve amperage power to turn the starter motor hence the car jump start .

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