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Push button start will not work.

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Hey everyone I'm new to the site.

So here goes: All I get is a clicking noise from the solenoid near the the battery. I did some research and found that I should clean all the terminals that relate with the starting system. I did all of that! I still get a clicking noise from it. The battery is fully charged. The kick start works. I also found that if you take a screwdriver and touch the top post of the solenoid it tries to start which it attempted to. Would I need to replace the solenoid? Please help!! Thanks.
plus I usually do a lot of riding through water and mud so I don't know if this could be another reason.

I have a 1996 Honda TRX300 (fourtrax)
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I am having the same problem. I have a 96 Fourtrax as well and it is clicking at the solenoid when I try to start it with the push button. It fires right up using the kick starter though. Im thinking that my problem is the solenoid as well so I was wondering if you purchased the solenoid online or at your local atv shop?
from a dealer..it just will cost alittle more..from a after market place..will be alittle cheaper to buy...keep in mind..if you buy it from a dealer..most dealers won't take any elec part back once you buy it.
After doing what MNredneck said to do. I realized that it is the starter not the solenoid. I also tried tapping on the starter while pushing the start button and acting like it was trying to start for a second but that was about it.
your starter brushes are worn..either replace them..or get another starter.
a few things can make a starter seem like it's bad..as i said ealier in a post..brushes are most common thing to go bad..if your brushes checked out ok..then your armature may be bad ( this is where your brushes ride ) when you crank the starter. if all this is good..then i would say your not getting a good ground..like stated on here..make sure all your battery leads are tight to the frame and starter. i always hook the ground from the battery right through the bolt that bolts the starter to the motor...this way i know my starter is getting a good ground.
Im going to have to go through and check the grounds from the sound of it. My father and law said the brushes were in good shape when he had it apart and it only clicked once out of probably 30 times trying to start it. I hooked the ground up to the starter bolt when I installed the starter but Ill have to check up by the battery to see if something isnt right there. Thanks for the info guys.
your welcome..at least your not rebuilding the engine in it !...the atv in your avatar..is that a trx300 ?..looks like the one i'm rebuilding.
Im going to have to go through and check the grounds from the sound of it. My father and law said the brushes were in good shape when he had it apart and it only clicked once out of probably 30 times trying to start it. I hooked the ground up to the starter bolt when I installed the starter but Ill have to check up by the battery to see if something isnt right there. Thanks for the info guys.
your welcome..at least your not rebuilding the engine in it !...the atv in your avatar..is that a trx300 ?..looks like the one i'm rebuilding.

Yea Its a 96 Trx300. Im going to buy a new starter today. Me and my brother used it a good bit yesterday hauling wood and its back to only starting with the push button every once in a while. I checked my grounds and everything seems to be tight. So I am just going to replace the starter.
my trx300fw is looking great so far..gotta love these bullet proof bikes !..before you go buy a starter..do this first..take your starter switch assembly apart..see if you can get the start button apart..sometimes the contacts behind the start button will corode over..not letting the start button work right.
Ill have to give it a try. However I already ordered the starter but I could always keep for when It does go out or send it back.
sorry to ruin your day..but a starter is considered an elec part..and if where ever you baught it from is like a dealer..they may not take elec parts back once you purchase it. on the other side..at least you got a spare starter..lol.
Yea I kind of figured that. Oh well. I guess it wouldnt hurt to have an extra starter sitting around. I just hope I get the problem sorted out.
one sure way to find out if it's the starter...put the new one in..if it still does the same thing..then it's in your start button contact points.
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