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Old 10-02-2011, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Starter solenoid.

I just put a new battery on my '99 fourtrax and the starter solenoid under the seat is clicking when trying to start. The old battery was bad and ive been kick starting it for years. Reading on battery is about 12.6. Tried jumping across terminals on the solenoid and nothing happened. Is this definitely a solenoid problem or could it be the starter?

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If your battery is good and your battery cable connections are clean and tight and you jumped the two posts on the solenoid and it didn't start, then your starter is likely bad.

You can do a quick test of the starter by using a set of jumper cables and a known good battery. Hook one end of the jumper cables to a good battery. At the other end of the cables, hook the ground clamp to the engine or starter housing and firmly touch the positive clamp to the starter terminal post. The starter should turn if you have good connections with your jumper cables. If it doesn't your starter is bad.

I like to use a battery in a vehicle that I drive every day, so that I know it's good and it's also easier to hook the jumper cables to an automotive battery.
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yup i agree
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If your battery is good and your battery cable connections are clean and tight and you jumped the two posts on the solenoid and it didn't start, then your starter is likely bad.

You can do a quick test of the starter by using a set of jumper cables and a known good battery. Hook one end of the jumper cables to a good battery. At the other end of the cables, hook the ground clamp to the engine or starter housing and firmly touch the positive clamp to the starter terminal post. The starter should turn if you have good connections with your jumper cables. If it doesn't your starter is bad.

I like to use a battery in a vehicle that I drive every day, so that I know it's good and it's also easier to hook the jumper cables to an automotive battery.
^^agreed! Did you replace the solenoid?
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did the jumper cable test and nothing was happening. put new brushes in the starter and she's starting up like a champ. thanks guys.
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if you had read this, ready to ride, turn key on..push button..only hear clicking noise , read this !! it would have told you what and where to look and fix..lol.
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glad you fixed it though !..lol.
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did the jumper cable test and nothing was happening. put new brushes in the starter and she's starting up like a champ. thanks guys.
You're welcome. Glad you got it fixed!!!
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if you had read this, ready to ride, turn key on..push button..only hear clicking noise , read this !! it would have told you what and where to look and fix..lol.
Dang! I wish that I could have found that thread when my bike was acting up like this. Oh well, I found my problem. Its my starter aswell. Glade you fixxed your problem though!!
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