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Electrical Issue- Starter Solenoid?

filthyredneck08brute2010-08-11 12:41:17 +0000 #1
My starter solenoid has had the "clicks" for a while now (probably because of the rusted "+" post) and yesterday when I fired it up it clicked a couple times and started...ran a lil rough for about 20 secs and died . Display lights, headlights....EVERYTHING went off and now I have no power to anything that is not hooked DIRECT to the battery. (battery checked good). Checked starter solenoid and bottom nut on + post is not showing a charge but the top nut does and the bolt/post itself has a charge? Tested the two male prongs...nothing coming from them either. Checked fuses...all good. Just finished cleaning all the electrical connectors and dielectric greasing and everything else was ok. Should I assume the solenoid went completely out?...Anything else to look for?
filthyredneck08brute2010-08-11 12:46:15 +0000 #2
Anybody?
MeanGreenMan2010-08-11 13:13:29 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by filthyredneck08brute

My starter solenoid has had the "clicks" for a while now (probably because of the rusted "+" post) and yesterday when I fired it up it clicked a couple times and started...ran a lil rough for about 20 secs and died .

Starter solenoid has nothing to do with the engine stalling. Its only job is to provide high amperage to the starter, nothing else.

Does the engine crank at all when trying to start the engine?
filthyredneck08brute2010-08-11 13:56:52 +0000 #4
No, I turn the key on and there is a quick, dim flicker from the display and then nothing at all. The headlights dont turn on, winch doesnt work, starter....nothing at all works. But....my fan and my stereo are hooked direct to the battery and I can turn them both on and they work fine. I was thinkin the solenoid (unless I'm calling it the wrong thing) because its under the seat, wire comes straight from the batt and connects to it and it has two male prongs on it that plug up and disappear to the harness. I had this prob on my last 650 SRA...the solenoid was square on it and had a 30amp fuse though whereas this one is a cylinder and no fuse. But I replaced it on the 650 SRA and everything went back to norm. I put a test light to it and theres power to it and the small wires that branch out from the battery but no power coming from it....its like it shorted out or something
filthyredneck08brute2010-08-11 14:15:47 +0000 #5
Also, because my bike is fuel injected....if the fuel pump and injector system isnt getting the power it needs then it wouldnt run.......I thought thats why Kawi didnt bother to put pull rope starters on them (cuz if the batts dead its not gonna start anyways). My battery isnt dead, but nothing is getting power for the bike to run
BleednGreen682010-08-11 14:43:50 +0000 #6
Bad ground on yer motor? The ground cable hooks to the block on the right side i believe to yer engine case above the cvt cover. Im not an electrical genius, I barely get by haha
gpinjason2010-08-11 15:00:15 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by filthyredneck08brute

Also, because my bike is fuel injected....if the fuel pump and injector system isnt getting the power it needs then it wouldnt run.......I thought thats why Kawi didnt bother to put pull rope starters on them (cuz if the batts dead its not gonna start anyways). My battery isnt dead, but nothing is getting power for the bike to run

I thought the same thing on my Jeep... one time my battery went dead (stereo on too long) and no one had jumper cables.. friend suggested pull starting it (behind another vehicle) cuz it's manual trans... and I thought for sure it wouldn't work because of all of the electrical ignition and stuff... but it fired right up when I popped the clutch.. weird...
filthyredneck08brute2010-08-11 16:05:23 +0000 #8
Gonna bring it to my buddies and swap parts around with his 08 and see what we find....
primetime12672010-08-11 16:09:17 +0000 #9
I just experienced this same exact issue while riding at MudMuckers this past weekend.. I swapped out batteries and I was good to go. But I'm assuming that it may be something else deeper. I'll check/clean all of my connections/grounds to make sure it wont happen again. Getting pulled back to camp deep in the trails at midnight was zero fun. It took 2 bikes to get me out those mud filled trails and we killed a buddies foreman in the process as well.
meangreen3602010-08-11 15:29:52 +0000 #10
Bring it on over. We will get r done. Makes it easier to look off another brute.
Rack High2010-08-11 17:31:40 +0000 #11
You ought to stress test that battery. If a cell in it goes bad, it will still read voltage on a voltmeter but when you put a load to it, it's too weak to do its' job.

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