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I have 1997 trx 300 4x4 the starter stopped working. When i push the starter button it just klicks like a car does when the solenoid is bad. I replaced the solenoid and it does the same thing. I checked the wiring and fuses and can't find anything wrong. Is there anything else i should try before i replace the starter?
 

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Yeah, like they said, check the battery and make sure the battery terminals are good and clean. I have seen this happen a lot and the battery terminals and cables sometimes just need to be cleaned.
 

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yea same happend to me it was the battery it wasnt bad its just too cold here and the dont have many cold cranking amps
 

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I have the same problem, but I just tapped on the starter and it fired right up. Now I just need to figure out if I need to replace the whole starter.

Hope this helps.
 

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Reemo 2001, you should just be able to buy a rebuild kit and replace the brushes, if the armature is good.
 

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I have the same issue on my 95 trx 300 I just put a new starter on it started couple times now solenoid just clicks...so I put booster charger on it and starter barely turns over not enough to start.....got brand new battery on trickle charge now but what happens if it dont start now...is it possible for a battery to be so dead a boost wont work? thanks?
 

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Yeah, it's possible the battery is so bad a boost won't work. Try using jumper cables and jump from a good battery, straight to the starter, itself. Ground to the starter case and put the just tip the positive clamp to the bolt where the starter cable bolts to the starter. Just be careful and don't let the positive tip the starter casing. It will arc if you do. It will probably arc a little any way, but that is normal. Just hold the positive firm on the starter post. Be careful and use the normal safety precautions that you use any time you are using jumper cables. You can probably use this method with the booster charger, too, but just don't hold it on the starter too long as it might damage your charger. It shouldn't but you never know. Remember if the key is off, the ATV won't start, but it should crank over anyway. If the key is on, it will start if the starter is good. Make sure you don't try this around gasoline or any flammable liquids.
 

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thank for the reply I tried to boost right on starter still drags starter i just bought from db electrical on ebay....I left the ground on ground side of battery put positive on starter turned a little better but not enough to start....I have a new battery on trickle charge im gonna try in am...starter gears all look good again thanks for the help
 

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I would try putting the ground on the starter casing, because you may have a ground problem. If you put the ground on the starter casing and the positive on the positive post on the starter and the starter don't turn over, then the starter has to be bad, unless for some reason, your engine is too hard to turn over. Make sure you put the ground on a clean spot on the starter. You may have to wire brush it a little to get a good connection. Again, remember not to have any flammable liquids around and it's always a good ideal to wear safety glasses or goggles when working around batteries. I know it can be a hassle, but acid in the eyes is not fun.
 

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hi aces here i would grad a test light and check for power on both sides of the silinoid with button pushed then check at the starter if light lights up eather you have a voltage drop or bad conn. or starterneeds built
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Reemo 2001, you should just be able to buy a rebuild kit and replace the brushes, if the armature is good.
Thanks for the info but I have no Idea how to rebuild a starter. Is it a pretty straight forward procedure?

Thanks
It's not really that hard.
 

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i have 1997 trx 300 4x4 the starter stopped working. When i push the starter button it just klicks like a car does when the solenoid is bad. I replaced the solenoid and it does the same thing. I checked the wiring and fuses and can't find anything wrong. Is there anything else i should try before i replace the starter?
i did the same thing. Then i checked the brushes in the starter. I bought a set of brushes online for 9.99 and 4.95 shipping they are easy to install and the starter works great.
 

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Having similar issues here... Already posted on a different thread, but saw this thread and thought I'd jump in here. Here's what's going on...
Long story short, I had to replace several bad wires and all the connections seem good and tight. I've also replaced the solenoid. Battery is good and hot.

1) Don't have a voltage meter, but have a continuity tester. Judging by the light on the tester, it seems as if there is a voltage drop across the solenoid when I push the START button. Should there be a voltage drop?

2) The motor cover over the stator is OFF right now, so there is no oil in the crankcase. I wanted to see if the starter shaft would turn by pressing the START button, but it does not rotate. Is there some sort of interlock that will keep the starter from turning in this instance? (i.e. - low oil, neutral, etc.)

3) How do you test a starter to see if it's "bad"? Like in hoke's post above, how do you tell if the brushes need to be replaced, or if a rebuild kit is needed?

THANKS!
TL
 

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Just jump it from a nother bat straight to the starter it will turn over if it is good even with the key off
 

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it is hard to test the motor without a megger, or a ohm meter if you have one it should have a very high resistance
 

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just thought i'd step in here..and maybe add a tip or two..first ...connect the pos side of your jumper cable from a good battery to the starter post...then..ground the neg to anywhere on the engine..or frame that is clean..this way you don't take a risk of making any sparks that's in a bad spot...like most posters here said..if you do all this right..and the starter wont turn easy..then it's time to get a new starter..or rebuild the brushes in that one..and it's not very hard to replace the brushes..here's a very good tip..if you decide to replace the brushes..before you take the housing apart..take a nail..screwdriver..anything that has a sharp point..and scrib you some lines across both ends of the starter..this way..you will know which end goes where..and it all lines back up :)
 
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