My 1989 kawasaki gpx 250 won't start..it's getting power and i'm pretty sure it's not the starter motor, it's almost like i press my ignition and the kill swich is off..even though it's on..suggestions apprecitated
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Hi, Anonymous before testing any electrical component in the Starting Circuit it is "IMPERATIVE" that you have a fully charged battery of 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a preliminary reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage, the battery is faulty and must be replaced. AGM type batteries fall into this scenario more so than lead-acid batteries.
1. Ignition Switch not in the "ON" position.
2. Engine Run Switch in the "OFF" position.
3. Engine Run Switch is "FAULTY" or corroded.
4. Check the 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.
5. Bank angle sensor needs a reset or is faulty.
6. FOB battery low or dead.
7. Faulty ignition switch.
8. Faulty starter button.
9. Faulty kickstand, clutch, neutral safety switch.
10. Security alarm needs a reset.
11. Starter relay, solenoid, starter motor or circuit wiring faulty.
12. Starter armature or field coils have failed.
13. Main fuse or circuit breaker may be blown or faulty.
14. Faulty ignition relay.
15. The electric starter is working but starter clutch has failed.
16. Check for engine trouble codes.
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You either have a blown main fuse usually located by the starter solenoid. Follow the positive battery cable to the starter solenoid and locate the main fuse . See if it is blown and replace it if necessary. The other possibility is that the electrical contacts in the base of the ignition switch are dirty and no longer making a connection when the key is turned on. Take the contact base off of the bottom of the switch, clean the contacts, and put it back together noting where all the little pieces go and being careful not to lose any. If the switch is not repairable replace it with a new one.
On most bikes including Kawasakis, the starter button would be on the right side of the handle bar on the throttle grip assembly. It would be right below the headlight switch. Above the headlight switch would be a switch that must be set to RUN, this is the engine kill switch.
If the above still fails to crank/start the bike, then the following would have to be checked:
battery and battery cables;
If the engine will crank but will not engage/run, then you need to check for:
spark at the plugs;
fuel as supplied by the carbs.
Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.