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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Help with starter!

Help with starter! Haven’t had my GL1800 out for a couple weeks. Went to go for a ride today, and when I hit the starter my lights dimmed and I heard a click coming from the lower left side of the bike but no starter action. Any ideas what the problem might be?
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Follow up...,Battery is fine. Went for about a two hour ride, came home with same results. So it’s not a battery issue
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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 09:05 PM
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Personally I would clean all of the connections..... at battery..... main ground to engine..... and at the relays and starter.
At least check voltage at starter when you hit start and see if it is getting battery voltage. Eliminate the free stuff first.

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and just to check.... I would try to start it with kick stand up, in neutral, clutch in, and make sure kill switch is in run. Just to make sure it isn't simply one of those switches.

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Put a voltmeter on the battery while trying to start. It is a good load test for the battery. Voltage should not drop below about 10.5 volts.
As said above, clean all battery connections first and fully charge the battery. Just because the bike will start and run sometimes doesn't mean the battery is good.

You don't say what year the bike is. If the battery is more than 5 years old, it may be time to replace it.

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On the 1500, solenoids A and B have been known to fail occasionally. They pass the battery voltage on to the battery . On the 1500 you can tap solenoid A with a wrench and sometimes it will start working. But once it starts sticking I recommend replacing it.

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Follow up...,Battery is fine. Went for about a two hour ride, came home with same results. So itís not a battery issue
How did you get it started?



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How did you get it started?

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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 09:02 AM
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Sounds like the start relay may be a issue. You can rule out the battery as it appear you have done all the checks there. You can hot bypass the start relay by jumping directly from the hot side of the battery to the starter terminal on the relay. If it spins the starter than the relay is bad and that is a very common issue on automobiles so logical here also.

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Mine was doing what you describe and it was a malfunctioning kill switch.

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