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post #1 of 11 Old 12-23-2009, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Angry Newbie - No electric start?

I apologize ahead of time as I'm a newbie when working on these things. I worked my way through rebuilding a carb but electrical issues are beyond my knowledge.

I have a 99 Grizzly 600 and the electric start doesn't work. Pull start works but hard as hell. Anyway, when the problem first started I could "feel" clicking in the starter relay. Looking on here I tried the screwdriver trick to bridge between the relay terminals and still no start. What I am getting is a loud "click" coming from the relays under the seat. Almost sounds like a circuit breaker where it trips when I hit the button then a few seconds later it resets.

I've followed the wire harness and didn't see anything rubbed bare. The fuses appear to be fine. With a huge storm approaching the Midwest, I'd like to figure out what the deal is.

Once I can get it to start then I have to fight with the winch not working. Not sure if it's related to my electrical issues or the switch or what...

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I did take the battery down to Batteries Plus and they said it was in great shape. I'm taking their word for it b/c if it was even a hair past being good, they would have tried to sell me a new one. Not a dumb question, I should have stated that in the post.
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Disconnect the winch from the electrical system first to eliminate that as a possible contributing factor.
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Roger that. Done, still same issue occuring.
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Doing more reading and talking to a motorsports shop. If my contactor is mounted in the rear and completely dead, could that be shorting out my whole electrical system causing the push-button start to not work? I haven't had this ATV long enough to know the history behind it ie. if the contactor was subjected to water...
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If you've got a short somewhere you could be draining your battery between rides or not allowing it to get a full charge. My family has two quads that sit a month at a time in the cold (at a cabin). Usually when I go up there, one of them will give me that "clicking" sound. I use a pair of jumper cables from the truck, or another quad, hooked up to the battery of the "dead" quad, and this always gets the starter going. Try and jump it and see what happens.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-23-2009, 08:37 PM
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When I had a starting issue on my 2000 Kodiak, I was getting clicking sounds. It was actually my solenoid for my winch which was clicking and it was hooked up wrong...

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Welcome to GC. hope you find all the information on your grizz you need here. ENjoy your new ride

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i am surprised that no one has asked him what his headlights do when he tries to start it.
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Try tapping on the starter with a small hammer or something while you are pushing the start button. Sometimes the brushes inside the starter can get a little corroded and the tapping can free them up............... happens on my mud truck all the time

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I didn't try the tap method but have done that on trucks in the past. I pulled the starter a few nights ago and we're going to tear it apart tonight. Thanks for the help everyone.
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