Question about 2001 Yamaha Xv 250 Virago S
Hi, Slattery_m it should be noted that in order to "PROPERLY" diagnosis any electric starter issue it is "IMPERATIVE" that you begin with a fully charged battery 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a proper load test, and the usual suspects are:
1. Battery terminals have loose or corroded connections.
2. Battery cables faulty due corroded or broken internal wiring at the cable connector especially the "NEGATIVE" cable which needs to be checked at "BOTH" ends.
3. Battery voltage, 12.5 volts or better,to the main circuit breaker to the ignition switch to the security/ignition fuse to the TSM/TSSM module to the engine stop/run switch to the starter button to the starter relay to the green wire that connects to the starter solenoid has dropped more than 1/2 volt.
4. With a voltmeter connected to the battery, the ignition switch in the on position, the kill switch in the run position, the starter button depressed, starter engagement should not bring voltage below 8-9 volts.
If a lower voltage is produced a proper battery load test should be performed with a load tester to validate battery integrity or battery replacement.
5. Faulty starter relay, check continuity.
6. Faulty starter solenoid, check contact plate and shoes for excessive electrical erosion/etching, refurbish as necessary or invert contact plate and use the virgin backside. Check contact shoes for being loose. Replace solenoid if the negative function is still a final outcome.
7. Faulty starter, bench test starter with a 12-volt battery if negative function check, decontaminate and undercut armature commutator segments as necessary, check segments with an ohmmeter probe each one and the segment next to it for shorts. Have the armature tested with a growler and field coils, and brush plate with an ohm-meter for opens, shorts or grounds. Replace brushes if less than .438" It is generally cheaper to overhaul/refurbish a starter motor than buy a new one.
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Posted on Jul 04, 2016
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
if it just clicks, firstly hook up jumper cables to battery, if it still just clicks, it will need starter motor brushes.
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
i use a jump box on mine most weekends when i wanna take it out, i hook the red to battery and black onto my exhaust and it fires right up no problem. is the clicking noise coming from the fuel pump behind the ignition? it should click for a few seconds then stop. if it stays on then you are not getting enough fuel outta the tank, change the fuel filter and if bike had been stored for winter get a good fuel system cleaner, additive type. if in USA get Berrymans B12, double dose get bike to run hopefully let it stand overnight and all should be fine. fingers crossed. if is is clicking from somewhere else like starter or a relay by the battery, check all the ground terminals you can find
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Posted on Apr 04, 2009
sounds if you picked up some water/dirt in fuel when was low
clean fuel bowl and flush carb by drain port if still ruff then remove carb for cleaning
Posted on May 19, 2009
Sounds like the starter bendix is not engaging the flywheel every time. This will have that whirring sound as the teeth are just outside the flywheel gears.
The starter may test fine but if it is out of alignment just slightly the gears may not be engaging the flywheel. The random whirring may not have happened at the shop. (Thing works fine when you take it to be repaired) :)
Usually adjusting with small washers or shims will often remedy this. But you have to be careful = small changes only!
Check the flywheel and starter bendix FIRST to make sure there are no broken/worn gears.
Hopefully your not hearing that whirring noise then a metal to metal grinding noise. That would be bad.
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
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