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Have 2003 Honda Sabre. All electrical working fine. New battery. When I press starter button nothing happens. Could there be a blown fuse. All 10amp fuses good

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Chances are that that problem is not fuse related. It is more likely you have a defective starter button. The starter button does two things. First, it turns off the headlight and , second, it activates the starter solenoid. If your starter solenoid clicks when you push the starter button, the starter button is good. If nothing happens when you press the starter button it may be dirty or broken. Try taking the switch apart and cleaning the button contacts.
Next go to the starter solenoid and try jumping the power from one solenoid post to the other. You can use a jumper cable clamp, a screw driver, or touch the two cables together, this sends power directly to the starter. If the starter works now you have a bad solenoid (burnt internal contact points).
If you hold the starter button and tap on the starter with a plastic hammer or back of a screw driver and the starter works , you need new starter brushes. There are no other parts (other than brushes) available for the starter from Honda. If the bearings are bad or the armature is shorted you will have to replace the starter assembly.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

  • HondaNC Aug 20, 2011

    Where are the solenoid posts located?

  • David Belcher
    David Belcher Aug 20, 2011

    Go to your battery under the left side cover. The positive battery cable goes from the positive terminal of the battery to the positive terminal on the starter solenoid. The other thick cable on the starter solenoid goes directly to the starter. Those are the two cables you want to jump/ touch together to see if the solenoid is bad and the starter is good.

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