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Old 09-11-2019, 09:30 PM   #1
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Electrical starting problem - Solved!

I have seen a few threads of people who had a hard time getting an old bike to turn over. After six years sitting without being used, I finally got everything back in order. I was excited to say the least. Got the tank back on, fueled up, purged the fuel pump. Attempted to press the starter... and nothing! Here's what I found:

The starter switch has two electrical contacts that have current run through a brass spring, similar to how most flashlights transmit current. The mating surface of the spring to the brass contact was tarnished. No corrosion, just a little oxidation Some cleaning with a screwdriver and contact cleaner and it fired right up. The quick way to figure this out was to just short the solder joints momentarily wth a screwdriver and the starter kicked over. If anyone has a similar problem, I suggest checking this. You could use a voltmeter and check continuity as well. Hope this helps someone else!
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:18 AM   #2
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Interesting, I've had the same problem with a horn button on a different bike. I didn't know the starter button was the same setup.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:07 AM   #3
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My KLR starter button did that once. Fixed it the same way.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:59 PM   #4
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Yep... I doubt I'm the only old fart that owns a burnishing tool, although I tend to use it more frequently on the well solonoid than on the bike :-)
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:27 PM   #5
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Yep... I doubt I'm the only old fart that owns a burnishing tool, although I tend to use it more frequently on the well solonoid than on the bike :-)
I used to like the rubberized abrasives, used them at work for decades until we figured out that they accelerate metal oxidation. I still have a couple, but keep them in a sealed ziplock bag.
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