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Hey all. I have a 97 300ex. I rode all day a couple weeks ago, loaded it on the trailer, got home and it wouldn't start. I thought I tracked it down to the starter solenoid, so I bought a new one. Short story shorter, it still wont start. Any ideas? I have only replaced the solenoid so far, but was wondering if there are any fairly cheap fixes (zoo keepers don't make that much). Any help greatly appreciated.
 

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You'll need to list the symptoms. Do you hear a click when you push the start button? Does it have a pull/kick start you can use? Do the lights come on? Does it get fuel, air, spark?
 

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First, be sure your battery is fully charged. Might want to jump it from a car to be sure, but just use the cars battery, don't start the car. If the bike starts, its the battery, if it doesn't, jump across the solenoid with an old screwdriver and if it still won't turn over, it's the starter.
 

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Do you have full juice and good connections at the battery?
 

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My battery tester said the battery was good. I'll check that stuff again. thanks for the suggestions guys.
 

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Okay, went out to test it and the solenoid clicked a few times, the bike fired then started, but since it was cold it died, then started clicking again. Do you think something is just going bad inside the starter? I'm pretty sure I could rebuild it if I had to.
 

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I'd make sure the battery is good before I did anything else. What kind of tester do you have? Have you tried charging it, or jumping it?
 

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whyll your at it go through the basics, sometimes its the simple things that are wrong. Take your plug out and clean it, check the oil, clean the air filter, pull off the inlet tube for the fuel and see if your getting gas. Water in the air box is a killer.
 

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whyll your at it go through the basics, sometimes its the simple things that are wrong. Take your plug out and clean it, check the oil, clean the air filter, pull off the inlet tube for the fuel and see if your getting gas. Water in the air box is a killer.
Those are all good things to check, but at this point I think the starter not turning is his main problem. ;)
 

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whyll your at it go through the basics, sometimes its the simple things that are wrong. Take your plug out and clean it, check the oil, clean the air filter, pull off the inlet tube for the fuel and see if your getting gas. Water in the air box is a killer.
Those are all good things to check, but at this point I think the starter not turning is his main problem. ;)
I agree. Since we already know that it will run, it's something in the starting system. Looks like Pain's got you covered.
 

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Direct 12v to the starter to test it would be the best thing but you may also want to check the starter button, the springs inside of them tend to collapse over time and repeated use, that too may be the Issue.
 

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GOT IT GOING! The starter needed cleaned out. One of the main o-rings went out, had rust all over the inside. I appreciate all the advice guys. Thank you VERY much.
 

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That's great, glad you got it going.
 
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