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I have a 1979 honda 500cx custom and I cant get it to start, I tought it was the starter but took it off and had it tested and it is fine , but when you arc the solenoid with a screwdriver you get power to the starter and it tries to start is that my problem? the solenoid?

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  • iowarn68 May 21, 2011

    The starter engaged just like you were pressing the start button on the handle bars, it wanted to start but I think the battery was to weak, so you think I just need to replace the starter solenoid?

  • iowarn68 May 21, 2011

    when I arc the solenoid with a screw driver the starter will engage and the bikes acts like it wants to start I just think the battey is to weak, just want to know if the solenoid is to blame in this case or not , dont want to replace it if I dont need to

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A static test of the starter off the bike doesn't mean it will turn the engine, if may have a shorted winding, this allows it to work without a load on it but it doesn't have enough power to turn the engine when installed. I don't think this is a solenoid problem. You will also need to have the battery load tested to verify it has the ability to deliver enough amperage to turn the engine over, motorcycle batteries at best last 2 years. The last possibility is the engine is frozen up, pull the spark plugs and verify it turns over freely.

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The starter drive should turn also when you jumped it from the solenoid to the battery cable connection. If not the solenoid is at fault

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