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10-07-2009, 01:03 PM
bad starter relay

whats the best way to know/find out if my starter relay is gone? When i hit my electric start button i get a single "click" from my relay, you can almost feel the click if i touch the relay and hit the start button.Iv'e checked both fuses,checked wires etc and all is good but i get one click from my relay and my bike wont start.
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10-07-2009, 01:57 PM
same thing

i had the same thing happen to me the starter relay went out.....i used a wrench to jump across the main terminals on the relay.....my bike turned over so i knew that was my problem....jump across both the terminals with a good size wire or a wrench....if it turns over you know its the relay
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i had the same thing happen to me the starter relay went out.....i used a wrench to jump across the main terminals on the relay.....my bike turned over so i knew that was my problem....jump across both the terminals with a good size wire or a wrench....if it turns over you know its the relay

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Or take it out and send power to the two blueish (none red) terminals. Then check for conductivity between the two main big terminals.

I have replaced my starter relay too.
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10-07-2009, 04:40 PM
ummm, there are safer ways of checking the relay! LOL
use a multimeter and measure voltage coming from the battery into the relay. it should be 12 to 14 volts. next push the start button while measuring what is coming out the other terminal of the relay. it should be the same as the voltage measured going in. if it is the same, the problem is in the wiring to the starter or the starter itself. if it is considerably less or 0, then the relay is at fault.
the start switch is another potential problem area, but if the relay is clicking then i doubt the switch is bad. to check to see if the switch is good, measure voltage at the small wire to the relay. it should be the same as battery voltage when the switch is pushed.
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ummm, there are safer ways of checking the relay! LOL

Psh, put a pair of saftey glasses on and your safe!
Yeah X2 with Hammer, if you don't like the idea of just jumping it.




If its clicking, its not the starter button.

For future reference:
Ground out the Blue/Black wire at the solenoid will bypass the starter button.
Send 12 volts into the blue/white wire at the solenoid (while the starter button is pressed, or the Blue/Black is grounded out) will test that the CDI box/safety's are not causing the problem.
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haha! i'm thinking using a set of jumper cables to jump the solenoid would be a better idea than a wrench............unless you don't mind a small burn on your fingers and the possibility of burnin' down your Grizz! LOL
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haha! i'm thinking using a set of jumper cables to jump the solenoid would be a better idea than a wrench............unless you don't mind a small burn on your fingers and the possibility of burnin' down your Grizz! LOL
I have never got a shock from it by using a nail. It wants the easiest way to ground, by going through the starter not you. It does not have enough voltage to jump into and through you, if it did it would just jump between the terminals!

The burn marks are left on the object where it touches the two terminals.

Just use a screw driver with a rubber handle type of idea if you want to be extra safe.
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pull out your spark plug and hit the start button, you may have gas in the cylinders.. I'm not sure if you are carb or FI, but it is FREE to check and quick.
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i'm very familiar with how electricity works, the burns on your fingers would be from when current heats the metal if you leave it connected long enough. the other sparks, flames and smoke show would be if you grabbed the longest wrench in your toobox and proceeded to arc the wrench off of everything else metal around the battery.
it IS only a 12 volt system, but the starter is going to use probably 70 to 80 amps to crank. voltage doesn't kill you, it only pisses you off. amperage on the other hand WILL kill you and it only takes about half an amp to do it.
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10-24-2009, 12:15 PM
ok so i took the batteryout today, tryed to charge but its fully charger...took all the wires off and scraped them of any debree and still no start just a single click coming directly from the relay.. i forgot all about the jumping terminals when i was looking at everything so ill have to try that(or safer method)..checked both fuses on the relay and all are good...i also took the relay out of its "holders" and held the relay in my hand while still connected and hit the start button and u can feel the relay click while holding it.I dont mind the pull start when i want to ride but damn it gets tiring lol
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Related to this. What if I have the same problem but when jumping the starter relay terminals the same thing happens?
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