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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-16-2015, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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2003 1800 wont start?

Hey guys Good morning, have a 2003 1800c had the battery charged and tested placed back into bike, all lights running fuel injectors are on, hit the switch head light goes out just get a click from the relay no starter. Took a screwdriver jumped at relay...sparks and starter turned over. any suggestions? before pulling the battery out starter was bearly cranking. Charged battery now no starter.
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sounds like battery is toast, no cranking amps

a battery can read as good 12 volts but have no cranking amps

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sounds like battery is toast, no cranking amps

a battery can read as good 12 volts but have no cranking amps
Same thing here three weeks ago. Took battery and had load tested. Bad battery. Get a new one!


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Others are probably correct here - bad battery. HOWEVER there is a chance that your battery terminals aren't tight and/or there is corrosion preventing a really good connection which is necessary to conduct the power required to turn over that beast of an engine.
Remove the battery cables, clean them and the battery posts really well with a wire brush, apply some good electrical grease to the posts and cables, then put them back on, tightening them with a 10mm wrench, not just a phillips screwdriver.

Worth a shot, and cheaper than a new battery.

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Hey guys Good morning, have a 2003 1800c had the battery charged and tested placed back into bike, all lights running fuel injectors are on, hit the switch head light goes out just get a click from the relay no starter. Took a screwdriver jumped at relay...sparks and starter turned over. any suggestions? before pulling the battery out starter was bearly cranking. Charged battery now no starter.
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If the battery is bad or low it is very easy to ruin your starter solenoid. If you can turn the engine over by jumping across the solenoid but not with the start switch chances are that you will need a new starter solenoid. There are some that will tell you that an after market solenoids will work but I haven't had any luck with them other than OEM.

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Take your battery to NAPA and have it LOAD TESTED. Your battery may say it is good on your home charger, but it can not test it under a load of starting. My bet, your battery is bad having one or more cells inside being bad

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a battery can have 2 types of problems.. that is WHY a 100 amp LOAD test..

a 12 volt battery is 6 batteries connected together... so.. 1 bad cell out of 6 . or all 6 weak...

you can have voltage and not amperage...

so you have 10 volts and 300 amps...
or you can have 12 volts and 5 amps.

without the 100 amp load test.. No way of knowing.


and so you know a VTX1800 starter pulls more power the a 4 cylinder car with a battery 1/3 the size...



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Read your post and you said you shorted the relay ,Thinking you ment the starter solenoid and it sparked and the started turned over . Did it start then or just crank and was the key turned on ? If it cranked good would suggest it's the start switch needs cleaning . Easiest test is go by a cheap switch from any auto start and wire it directly from the battery to the hot side of the starter solenoid. Turn the key ON press the new switch on , if it cranks and starts is your switch up on the handle bars .
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Key was on, did not start just cranked over, will try the switch test thanks
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Key was on, did not start just cranked over, will try the switch test thanks
Did the jump test couldn't get to work, hooked things back up ,hit the start switch bike started ....ok thought everything was ok. Turned off the bike starter kept running, had to disconnect the battery to stop it. So now what's going on ? Strange ...
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