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Starter stays engaged 1982 Suzuki GN 250

Battery went flat on my GN250. Tried replacing the battery but each time I touch the pos/neg poles the engine swings even with the ignition switched off and the engine cut off switch switched off. Where do I start looking? Anyone can please help @

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Solenoid to battery +, battery - to frame. Attach + side first. If the starter spins when you touch the negative cable to the battery your starter solenoid is stuck.

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Ck fuses and wire connections first. If no problem seen, get bike running and disconnect the ground cable @ battery. If bike dies the problem generally is in the stator or regulator assembly not keeping battery charged. Bike will run untill the battery is too low to keep the ignition system energized and the bike will die. If it continues running w/the ground disconnected, the battery could have a dead cell which will drain the battery in a very short time whether it is running or not.

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The ECU will not cause this symptom. They are giving you a line.
The link between the starter switch and the battery and the starter motor is pure electro-mechanical. The ECU covers how the engine works, electrically, things like timing, etc. not the starter motor.
The fact the bike starts to crank then stops says that there is at least a rudimentary path between the battery and the starter.
Just by the starter there will be a solenoid that controls the starter. It has a couple of screwed-down cables - those are the main power cables that feed the starter. You can bypass the solenoid by directly connecting those two cables - this will fore the starter to rotate, regardless of what any ECU says. I would perform that as a check but be careful - there is a lot of power going through it. Be careful not to touch the two terminals via the threaded portion of the screws that hold down the cables - only touch the bolts or you may weld a notch in the threads - it will make it difficult to remove if it is faulty.
I would normally use a single jump lead - connect one end to the nut holding down one lead, then momentarily touch the other nut - if the battery is good it WILL turn over. This is making the most basic of connections in the ignition system - connecting a battery to a motor - it can't fail if all is good and will certainly give you an indication of whether or not the battery is up to the task.
I would seriously reconsider your choices in mechanics, though. This is a basic test they should have performed.

Posted on Jul 01, 2009


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SOURCE: My suzuki gsf 600 bandit 1999 wont start.

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, try with the sidestand folded up and / or the clutch lever pulled in.  Likewise determine if there is a clicking sound when the start button is pressed:

  • if there is a clicking sound, locate the starter relay. Follow the big cable from the battery's + terminal; it would end in nother terminal of the starter relay:
  1. turn ignition ON and kill switch to RUN;
  2. short the 2 big terminals of the starter relay. Expect a big start. If the starter spins, startr relay is faulty.
  • if there is no click, then the safety interlocks are preventing the relay from engaging. Check the neutral switch/wire and sidestand switch/wire.
It is of course assumed that the battery is fully charged and that the battery cablles/connectors are clen and tight.  Postback result(s) of tests.

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009


Louie Role

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SOURCE: i have a 05 gsxr 750, replaced battery, now no start.

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, try starting with the clutch lever pulled in and / or the sidestand folded up.  Additionally, determine if there is a clicking sound.  If there is, then it would most likely be the starter solenoid.

Good luck and thank yu for asking FixYa.

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