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Old 10-22-2009, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Honda Rancher solenoid click

Just a quick question for some opinions. I have a 2004, 350 Rancher. The battery is good. The solenoid clicks. It starts once in a while and now the solenoid just clicks. Is it a bad starter? Can a starter be checked?
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let me update this condition. I beleive it has something to do with the electronic transmission. when i put it in 1st and rock it back and forth, it sometimes will start. How does the transmission play a part in starting the machine?
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The starter is sort of hooked into the whole flywheel assembly. The starter has no bendix gear like a car has, but is connected to the flywheel with some special sauce that allows the starter to turn the flywheel when it engages, but to not turn when the engine is running. Same as a bendix gear, only different.

That is how it is connected to the transmission and engine, but, if you hear the solenoid click when you push the starter button, then all the electrical connections and sensors are working and the starter should turn. If you didn't hear the solenoid click, then it could be something else electrical.

Why it will start sometimes when you rock it back and forth might be an indicator to someone with more experience than me, but I'd still start at the starter. Get a service manual and find out how to test the starter, or take it out and haul it down to a starter repair house and ask them to test it for you.

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Check for power to the starter. To me it sounds like a dead spot in the starter
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Agree with 69quad always check the obvious first remove the grounds clean them and where they attach to, remove any dirt rust, or paint. the check all your connectors. I am a firm believer in Die-electric grease on electrical connectors I hate to be repettitive about it but I know what our quads go through and it's a good habit to get into.
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Agree with all these guys. My truck had the same issue and it had a dead spot on the starter.
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