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Another 'my bike wont start' (electric start) post
Can we have yet another 'my bike wont start' thread for an island rider? My bike is an 05 with about 36K miles on it (I've had it since 07) and I'm hoping someone can offer me a golden nugget of information that may fix me up before I have to look at replacing the starter (if I have to do that work, I'd rather replace than troubleshoot the actual starter itself).
The electric start began crudding out about 4 months ago. When I press the starter button, the starter relay makes a single click with each button push. In the early days the electric start would work perfectly out of the blue, perhaps once every 50 rides or so (it's my daily rider, so I start it several times a day) with no indication that anything was wrong. It could start fine, and if I hit the kill switch, didn't move the bike an inch and tried to re-start it, the relay would just click once. I figured it was electrical or the relay because it would work out of the blue now and then.
I've been working through the service manual and the countless 'bike wont start' threads here over the last few months with no success. My recent 'gamble' was buying a good as new starter relay assy (for $12, it was worth the shot), hoping by some miracle it'd remedy the issue, but it did not.
Bike runs like a champ every time I push start it, which is every time I ride now (daily). I haven't directly tested the kill switch, side stand switch, neutral switch, but posit they are fine because in all instances when they should prevent the bike from starting, they prevent the relay from clicking once, and when put in to operating position (e.g., kill switch off, side stand up/down, clutch held in) the relay can click again. Battery was the first thing that was checked- it is good, and multiple other batteries tested have no effect, as well as the relay fuse and the main fuses.
Basically, I'm at the point where I don't know what else it could be but the starter itself. The relay pumps 12V out to the starter when the button is depressed. I lifted the tank earlier to check the starter connection itself, and while I didn't get the rubber boot off to physically see, it was on solid, and I measured the cable voltage midway between the starter and relay and it too has 12V when button is depressed.
Can anyone offer that golden nugget that I might not have considered here, or am I out of options and is the final remedy to replace the starter?
Mahalo for any assistance. I don't mind push starting, but do not want to push start for the rest of the bike's life!
Last edited by id4rox; 05-14-2012 at 12:09 AM.
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