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    How to trouble shoot starter problem. I only hear a click when I engage the starter button. New battery installed. What process do I follow to determine if the starter is bad or what else could it be? Thanks

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    Was it just ckicking when you went out and replaced the battery? What is the voltage reading with a VOM of the new battery?

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    • #3
      from Solon, IA

      Looking at your profile it appears you're working on a 2007 bike. As Mr. Miyagi says, lets start with some basics. A test of voltage resting and also while the starter button is engaged will give a bit of information regarding the battery health. Make sure your connections to the battery cables are clean and tight at all ends. The negative cable will attach to the oil tank. So make sure those are clean and tight. The positive will run to the left side cover on a carb. bike. Under there is the starter relay. Make sure those connections are clean and tight. You may listen to see if that's where the click is coming from (most likely). The starter relay are a known weak spot in the starting circuit. With the bike in NEUTRAL (can't stress this enough) you can take a screwdriver or something similar and short the relay and see if the engine turns over. If so, it's the internal contacts to the relay that's at fault. If not you need to work your way down to the starter. The starter can get a carbon build-up inside. The starter can be disassembled and cleaned. Check the brush condition and holding plate while in there. If you're buying a new starter relay it's advised to go with OEM
      as some of the Ebay replacements may be subpar and not last with the high load these starters need.

      Let us know if you have more questions and what ends up fixing your ride.

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        From Texarkana, in the Arklatex.

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          From Spring Branch Texas
          2005 Silverado Midnight Star

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            You really should change your forum name before you get scammed!

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