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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-24-2010, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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solenoid troubleshooting

I put a new battery in my 93 TRX and now the starter fires very rarely, with many attempts. Mostly the only indication at all that electricity is present is that the solenoid clicks with each push of the start button. How do I determine the failing part?
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Welcome to the forums. Double check that your battery cables are clean and tight. If that doesn't help, jump the two posts on top of the solenoid (relay) with an old screwdriver or something. This will bypass the internal workings of the solenoid and send power straight from the battery to the starter. If it starts, more than likely, the solenoid is bad. If it doesn't, test the starter.

To test the starter, get a set of jumper cables and hook one end to a known good battery. I like to use a battery in an automobile that I drive, so I know the battery is good and also it's a little easier to hook the cables. On the other end, hook the ground clamp to the starter casing or the engine. Firmly touch the positive clamp to the starter post. If the starter is good, it should turn the engine.

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Back from last minute shopping. Thanks Helmut.
Jumping solenoid did nothing at all. Will try starter tomorrow.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-24-2010, 08:14 PM
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your starter could have a flat spot on it or the starter might have some corrosion in it if it ever got moisture in it it might just need a good cleaning
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-25-2010, 11:15 AM
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sounds to me your starter brushes or armature is worn..more than likely your starter brushes are gone..replace them.

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Thanks for all the suggestions. As a result of testing each part i cleaned each electrical connection and secured each connection and now it fires right up. I will assume that bad connection was the culprit but if it acts up again I will look into the brushes.
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I am having the same problem with my 2002 rancher es 4x4. Pretty positive that it is the starter, the starter is getting power but not turning. All I hear is a clicking sound. I will take the starter out tommorow and see if their is a dead spot or if the brushes are not good. This is my first time posting something on the forms. Please tell me if I am doing something wrong, I am younger but have some experience in the world of small engines so all critsism is great.
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I am having the same problem with my 2002 rancher es 4x4. Pretty positive that it is the starter, the starter is getting power but not turning. All I hear is a clicking sound. I will take the starter out tommorow and see if their is a dead spot or if the brushes are not good. This is my first time posting something on the forms. Please tell me if I am doing something wrong, I am younger but have some experience in the world of small engines so all critsism is great.
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try reading this sticky---> ready to ride, turn key on..push button..only hear clicking noise , read this !! , tells you all you need to know !.

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Thanks @shadetree me and my dad tok the starter out finding it to be very dirty. We cleaned it put it back in and it is working great. Now my dad is making a account for the mercery outboard forums.lol
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Thanks @shadetree me and my dad tok the starter out finding it to be very dirty. We cleaned it put it back in and it is working great. Now my dad is making a account for the mercery outboard forums.lol
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your welcome. more than likely...the brushes will need to be replaced in your starter.

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