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1988 zx400, won't turn over on the start button engine turns over when starter relay has b+direct to it but no spark

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The starter could be drawing too many amps, if thats the case it will need to be replaced. Also the solenoid. When you say there is "no spark" you mean the spark plugs are not firing? When the bike cranks it will not start?

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sounds like it could be a bad battery...it may show enough volts but may not have the cranking AMPS to turn over the motor

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Try this procedure:
Check the battery like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.
If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Check that the battery cable plus post, goes to the starter, Minus post to a good ground, like the engine.
If wiring is ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear or starting relay, Have someone bang on the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging the bendix gear..
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My zx400 kawasaki 1992model is hard to start the engine


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Open P/N safety switch, or open Brake Pedal Safety Switch (automatic transmission) or open Clutch Pedal Switch (manual transmission). Bypass switch with jumper wire to see if engine cranks, or use test light or voltmeter to check for voltage passing through switch when ignition is turned to start.
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Engine hydrolocked due to coolant leak from leaky head gasket (Use socket and wrench to see if engine rotates, remove spark plugs and see if coolant comes out or engine can not be cranked with plugs out).

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I have a bought a 1988 katana that want start


The breaker thing is your starter relay and it may be defective or worn out.

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When you turn on your ignition switch, you allow the starter switch to have power. When you press the start button, that energizes a electric magnet in your starter relay which in turn puts the full capacity of your battery at the starters disposal. If this isn't hapening, there is some problem in your relay.

Prove that by jumping those two posts, the ones with the big wires attached. If your starter turns, id suspect the relay. You may have opther troubles as well. Check the relay. BTW - you need really big wire to jump the relay, at least the same size as is going to your starter.

Let me know how you make out.

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