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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Bike Won't START, clicks won't turn over.

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I have a 99 vn800 that ran great when I parked it a month ago. Went to change oil and wanted to warm the motor up and it won't start. BOTH oil and cooling warning lights. Battery seems to be charged, battery, and solenoid terminals and cables removed and cleaned. When I hit the starter switch the solenoid clicks and nothing happens. Any input is appreciated.
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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 08:48 PM
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Sounds like a dead battery, How did you determine the Battery seems to be charged?
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Try hitting the starter with a hammer. That's what I used to do with my old chevys when the starter was going out.
Also you could short out the solenoid on the old fords and the starter would turn over. Something to try before spending some cash on new parts.
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The battery is bad. Leave the hammer in your tool box!
Also, cause no shorts in the bike...it has a computer and any solenoid jumpering may put it at risk.
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Did you clean the cables where they attach to the starter solenoid and the ground to the frame?
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post #6 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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Battery charger said charged to 100%, i cleaned the battery the cables and the solenoid. I did NOT clean the ground to frame or the starter connection it self. I won't wack the starter, ALOT of the newer starters have a ceramic type casing and wacking it will break it and ruin the starter! thanks for the input guys i will pull the battery and take it to get tested.
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the i will pull the battery and take it to get tested.
That is the correct thing to do.
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post #8 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-11-2011, 10:17 AM
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Sounds like a bad battery. Had the same problem when I purchased my vulcan last year. Just had to buy a new battery for it. The charger might say the battery is charged up but its not going to tell you if the battery is bad.
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post #9 of 45 (permalink) Old 02-19-2011, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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bad battery

Ok so I pulled the battery and took it to auto Zone nad had it tested. They said it was bad. I am going to go work on the bike today. Anyone have any objections or thoughts about me putting the old battery in and jumping it with my truck? DON't really want to buy a battery until it gets closer to spring.
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I myself have jumped a bike with a truck but I would say get a battery pack to do this
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