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Old 03-18-2010, 06:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TRX300FW won't start, just clicks!!!!

My neighbor is a 90 years old woman who is somewhat crippled and uses her ATV to get the mail and see her farm. It is a Honda 1999.
It will not start and I have no way to get it to a shop but I am handy enough to do most any repair.
There is a round device in the battery case left of the battery that clicks loudly when I try to start the ATV.
What is this and does this sound like the problem.
What is necessary to replace it other than a new part.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello and welcome. Are you sure the batt. has a good charge and cables have a good connection? This is where I'd start.
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Thats the sileiod clicking.If your battery isn't good or isn't charged they will click.But it could also be a bad one if the battery is good.
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I agree with Submarine and Billy. Make sure you have a good battery and it is charged up. Make sure the battery cables and battery terminals are clean and tight. If it still won't start, take an old screwdriver and cross over the two terminal posts on the solenoid. If the solenoid is bad, it should start, providing the starter is good and the key is on. When you cross the solenoid over with the screwdriver, it will arc, so don't have any flammable liquids around. More than likely, the battery or solenoid is the problem, but if not, then it is probably the starter.
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By the way, to answer your last question, all that is needed to replace the solenoid is a wrench to fit the nuts that hold the cables on the solenoid. I can't remember the size, but I think it's a 12mm.
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Thanks for all your help and kindness

I have tightened the cables to the battery but no help.
I have tried to jump the solenoid but that does not help either it still just clicks.
I have put the battery on a 10 amp charger over night and shortly I will see if that helped and if not I will take the battery to the parts house to have it tested.
I assume at this point it it is not any of the above then it has something to do with the starter? If that is the case I will need some more detailed suggestions from you folks but I will keep you posted.
It's amazing to see the look in her face at the thought that soon she will have some mobility to check the mail and also to have some independence. I guess we all think of ATV's as either work tools or toys but in her case it is actually her ability to have so quality and independence in her life. Brings a whole new meaning to the value of an ATV.
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Cables, Battery, or Starter

Its usually the cables are loose---or (especially after winter) the battery being dead..or shot. If you are getting clicking from the solinoid---its a good indication that it is performing its job of transfering power to the starter when the key/button is switched on. If the above 2 are ruled out--then worse case is that the starter is DOA. If thats the case (being that its a '99) --it could just require disassembly and a good cleanage of the armature and brushes.(rather than a new one) I would only do this after the cables and battery have been ruled out. Non starting issues are never fun!
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Another thing that is commonly missed is the battery ground connection to the frame-end over time rust will present itself under the eyelet ring thus weakening the contact point you can have all the voltage in the world but one little bad ground will kill the whole system. I would check the grounds and check the wires AT the starter? vibration tends to play a toll on these old beast.
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Another thing that is commonly missed is the battery ground connection to the frame-end over time rust will present itself under the eyelet ring thus weakening the contact point you can have all the voltage in the world but one little bad ground will kill the whole system. I would check the grounds and check the wires AT the starter? vibration tends to play a toll on these old beast.
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I agree. You have to have a good ground. By the way, the main ground wire, on these models, grounds on one of the starter mounting bolts.
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