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Hey gang,
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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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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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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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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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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Is it likely that i will hurt anything? I don't have a ton of experience with working on motorcycles. I am not worried about the battery, it's already bad... THANKS
 

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If you jump it from your truck do so without the truck running. Ugly things happen to the rectifier circuit on bikes when you use a running car/truck to jump from. With it shut off the voltage potential is at 13.8 volts and will do no harm unless you crank excessively.
When you replace the battery find a maintenance free AGM type battery, for todays batteries they are tops in motorcycling
 

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Hi Jimartina,

Just remember, if you stall on your way to or from wherever you're going...you'll have problems. If the battery is dead, it wont turn over EVER, unless you jump it with another battery. You could pop start it, but that's a lot of weight to be pushing. I would buy a battery before attempting to ride it.

Especially if it's not turning over the engine, usually a battery charger that says charged 100% when you first connect it to the battery, the battery is probably dead. It should show gradual increase, for example, if it says 25% at first and takes a few hours to get to 100%, that's a healthy battery that just needed a charge.

Good Luck.
 

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In my book, if the bike will not start on its own, it stay's HOME and the correct repair is made. Battery boosting is not allowed, ever!!!
 

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I will DEFINITELY buy a battery before i ride it. I want to change the oil and just let it run for a bit. I'm not going anywhere on it except maybe down the street and back....Thanks for the info guys.
 

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Help please

STILL won't start with NEW sealed battery that sat on charger all night before installation. It still just clicks. I tested the pickup coil and it tests good.... please tell me where to check next THANKS, Also i checked ALL of the fuses. all test good. used multi meter... WHAT is the starter relay supposed to test like? a new one from the stealership is $77... checked all the grounds, have 12v to the starter. checked the switches.
 

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Try the following:

1. Locate starter relay. It is at the far end of the positive battery cable.
2. Key on, push starter button and monitor yellow/red wire for 12v.

Post back with your results.
 

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What does anyone think about pulling the starter out, with the wires connected, and pushing the start button. Aside from a smack on the side that is what I used to check to see if the starter was a goner. Sometimes they are just too worn out to turn the motor over.
 

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Try the following:

1. Locate starter relay. It is at the far end of the positive battery cable.
2. Key on, push starter button and monitor yellow/red wire for 12v.

Post back with your results.
ok will do ASAP!!! ok so what if there ISN'T 12v? does that mean that it's bad?
 
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