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My 2005 Eiger will not start. Replaced a dead battery & the starting motor relay assembly but it just clicks when I try to start it.

The battery died so I replaced it. When I tried to start it - all I got was a clicking sound similar to that of a bad solenoid in a car. The starter did not spin so clearly something else is wrong. I replaced the starter motor relay assembly because the clicking sound seems to be coming from that module. No change. Still get the clicking sound. What else could be causing this? How can I test / confirm the source?

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SOURCE: starting problem.

if you just hear a click the starter is going bad

Posted on Dec 04, 2008


SOURCE: Suzuki Bandit 400 not starting

The starter motor could be the culprit, check the starter motor.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009



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SOURCE: 1997 Toyota Camry won't start

The starter has two L-shape copper plates. These copper plates get used every time you start the car. After certain period of time the plates are so thin that no contact is made. So the car doesn't start. So your copper plates could be worn out. I had my replaced. And the problem is gone. If you know a good mechanic, you'll probably get fix for less than $100.

It's a common problem on Camry. They wear out prematurely.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

Mike Phillippi

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SOURCE: Honda foreman 450 es starting problem

Sounds like a bad battery. It can show 12 volts, but not have any amperage. It could be the solenoid, but the dash lights wouldn't be affected by a bad solenoid.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009


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SOURCE: Press starter button then a crackling, clicking sound in Relays

You might first try and (jump) the starter at the starters bendex. To do this you could use a jumper wire or a screwdriver if you know what you are doing... (jump or connect together) the one (thin) red wire leading to the back of the starters bendex and the one (thick) cable also leading to the back of the starters bendex...being careful not to "ground" your jump wire or screwdriver to the bikes frame!!!... "Make sure you are in neutral"!!! ...Turn the ignition to the on position. You may have to engauge the start button at the same time you jump these leads. If your bike still clicks instead of turns over/starts.. Either the battery is not up to snuff...try boost starting from off you car or truck to determine this if you do not have the proper battery test equipment: (or) there is a loose or corroded connection. It is possible the connection at the starter button also is crusty. To clean your connections well, "You must first disconnect the negative terminal at the battery"!!!... Clean all the contacts/connections the same way using an electric contact cleaning spray (that evaporates) and a med-soft bristle brass wire brush. You really should start from the battery to the starter and also the starter button if accessible. A light wipe over from a clean cloth sprayed sparingly w/a light oil or silicon afterwards on all cleaned areas should keep them being that way again till next year if your bike is ridden in fowl weather often and/or left out in the elements. I find it hard to believe that all the relays went out simultaniously!!!...It is almost impossible. Guzzi-Guy

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We'd need to know more about how you have assessed these components, but something in that chain is still faulty. The symptoms you describe are classic, the sound of the starter solenoid pulling in, and arise almost always from

- a dying battery which cannot hold a full charge, but which can still pull in the starter solenoid, run the radio etc, but not crank the motor
- worn starter solenoid main contacts which cannot close the supply circuit from battery to starter motor
- a dead segment in the starter motor armature which is preventing it from rotating
- a bad ground, usually between motor body and chassis

You have mentioned all these things I know, but that click-click is a first step which still points the same way..

One way to narrow it is to try jump starting your motor from a known good battery or another car with running motor, taking precautions to avoid frying your electronics. If it starts, it is a bad battery you have. If it just clicks, then one of the other causes.

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