Better yet...............even if you have the minimun 12.5 volts on the battery, the amps may not be suffiicent to turn the starter and you will hear a clacking noice. the battery probably needs to be replaced.
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Re: Starter won't engage
Pull the starter, and see if it's engaging off the scoot. Make sure you have it secure, they can get away from you real quick. If it engages off the bike, then I'm going to say that your armature and brushes are worn, and the starter needs rebuilt or replaced. If it still doesn't engage, then it's most likely a bad ground, and you'll to have start tracing wires.
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The new starter has gone bad,or a drop in voltage(amps)has caused this.If you have a 2 amp slow charger,use it to charge the battery up 8 hours or so.Then try the ignition,and starter,and see if the problem has gone away.Also see if the ignition wire is interfering with the starter engage wire.And look at the engage wire to see if it is up against the large cable to the starter.If none of this helps,replace the starter.I hope this was helpful,if so,please let us know,thank you.
again it would be nice to know year and model but you either have a bad ring gear in which case you would have had engagement problems earlier and intermittant so youll need to pull the starter and replace the starter drive assembly carful when you remove[springs and things]
I have an 82 FXRS as well. I love it even though it has a vibration that comes and goes (motor mount issue most likely.) I would check for broken/loose connection on the solenoid before I started replacing components. I'd check the switch as well. Can't really reach the solenoid to jump it direct. Check the small stuff first.
I would check the starter clutch its self first. It is a one way clutch so if you remove the starter and disassemble it to the starter clutch and hold the starter clutch in one hand and use your other hand to turn the starter clutch gear, it should only turn in one direction.
sounds like you have a voltage drop (that is a loss of power between the start button and the starter solenoid) the wiring on that circuit may be too thin. to remedy this problem you need to put a relay in the circuit. let me know if you want to know the details of how to wire the relay up.
This is going to be a problem with the starter. When a starter is getting a bit on the worn side, high temps will cause the electric motor not to engage creating the same clicking sound as if the battery was dead or had a bad contact.
check the battery if the starter tested good the starter spining and clicking and not engaging the starter suggest the solonoid is suspect it kicks the starter out might be going bad. BATTERY is the common factor with the three starters working about the same lenght of time