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Would a bad spark plug not make my turn over? I have a 87 honda shadow 1100.

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Hello there.

Not a bike expert but all engines are similar.

Short answer no. The spark plugs are inside the cylinder heads and have nothing to do with physically turning engine.to start it.

One chap had the same problem as you..See here for the story, it was the starter Motor faulty. http://www.hondashadow.net/forum/72-technical-discussion/103891-85-vt1100-wont-start.html

Turning her over works pretty much like this. Four items, Battery, Start switch, start Relay, Starter Motor.

Battery provide heavy duty power to the Starter Motor (which turns the engine over) via a RELAY which has a low power circuit. when you press ignition, the relay connects the heavy duty power to the starter to make it turn.;

Not turning over ....
1) Is the Battery charged ?
2) is the Start switch faulty ? (there would be no clicking from the starter relay)
3) Do you hear a click when trying to start but starter motor not turning ? If so it COULD be the starter motor.itself OR the relay. .

The relay looks like this
http://www.amazon.com/Starter-Solenoid-Relay-VT1100-Shadow/dp/B008I5OU6Y/ref=sr_1_28?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1411408543&sr=1-28&keywords=starter+solenoid+relay+honda+shadow

Hope this helps a bit.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014

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No.you need to look at your oil.

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Replace the spark plug caps and try again. On Honda's the cap is often part of the wire (a dealer part) NGK makes some inexpensive plug caps about $5 each. They should OHM out to 5000 anything above or below and you need to replace them. This should fix the problem.

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