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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Wesley Chapel, FL
Help - Starter relay bad?
OK, so my weekend is pretty much shot now as the bike is down. My '06 won't start at all. The starter won't even spin. I rode the bike to work on Friday, took it to lunch, and when I went to leave for the night, it wouldn't start. I had to bump-start it to get it home.
So, here's my deal. The starter motor won't turn at all. I hit the starter button and the relay clicks, but nothing. So I checked the fuses and the usual switches (sidestand, stop, neutral, etc) and they're all fine. Cracked open the manual and started tracing electrical lines. The only thing between the battery and the starter motor is the dang relay. So I decided to test the motor before I went any farther diagnosing it. It took the starter motor wire off the relay and touched it to the battery side. Wham! The starter motor starts turning just fine. Reconnected it to the relay and double checked all the connections: "Click - click - click" for each starter button push, but nothing.
Is it possible for the relay to fail like this? Still actually work, but not really make contact? That little magnetic switch is $73 to boot!!! Should I just order up a new one or am I missing something all together???
PS - Warranty expired in Feb. Figures, right?
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Last edited by SkyDork; 05-28-2007 at 04:48 PM.