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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Diagnosing Selenoid or Switch

How can I test the solenoid?

I have a feeling it might be shot, what is the best way to test it??

Here is the whole story of my no start problem if you are interested and want to help.......

Awhile back, i pushed the starter button and nothing happened. I checked the kick stand and gear and tried it again. Nothing. I turned the bike off back on, nothing. After sitting puzzled I checked everything again, pushed a couple more times and it fired. I had a few other episodes of sporadic starting then it went dead. No matter what I did the button did nothing. I was so thankful it was at home. I installed a new starter, and nothing changed. I ran a wire from the battery to the starter and got the bike running. I have since installed a new switch the bypasses the safeties and runs straight from the battery, it runs great but I still have my ghetto switch installed and want to fix the problem.

Just to be clear, when I push the start button there are no clicks, headlight dim or anything else.

I am trying to troubleshoot and don't know how to test the solenoid. I have taken apart the switch and everything looks clean and in order. Kill switch still works, I have checked fuses and they all are good.

Any help would be great.

2001 SV 650
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-18-2011, 03:24 PM
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On a car starter, if you hook up 12 volts to your starter the solenoid will push the gear out of the starter and mesh it into the fly wheel gear on the motor. The starter motor will then turn the gear/motor. I have never taken apart my motorcycle starter or any motorcycle starter for that matter but i would assume its fairly similar. Take a 12 volt battery and hook it up to your starter without it being on the motorcycle, it should do the above.

how did you check your fuses? did you look at them or did you ohm them out? I would recommend the later. You may have to digg a little deeper into your wiring harness.
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