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post #1 of 10 Old 03-20-2016, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Issues, try's to turn over with out key

Hey, so I'm having a issue with the bike. This afternoon I started it. Rolled forward shifted to first, released. It took for a second, then died, but it did not die. It kept trying to restart and restart. I switched the red, pulled the key, it kept going and going. While trying to figure out how make it stop trying to turn over the battery died. So I took the battery and put it on my charger. When I try to hook the battery back in it just keeps trying to fire up, with no key and the red on off. It can not complete the firing as well.

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This is my first bike, since I was a kid. I had a small 100cc dirt bike.
Today is the second day with the bike, it ran yesterday.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-20-2016, 03:41 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Sounds like the solenoid is sticking? Haven't had it happen on my KLR, but I've had lots of old Ford's do it (I'm old).
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Either that or you have a short bewteen live wires...but I would put good money on Stew's thoughts.

Maybe even in the ignition switch itself...?

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Yep Stew you hit it right on the head, just like that "tap,tap" and we are up and running. Think I should order a new one?
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Yep Stew you hit it right on the head, just like that "tap,tap" and we are up and running. Think I should order a new one?
Yup, I would. If they stick once they will more than likely do it again. Inconvenient if your away from home and it wont unstick .
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No offense but if you know you have a potential failure issue why wouldn't you simply fix it while you can? Also at your convenience not somewhere away from home so to speak...even 2 miles away is an inconvenience imho. Not poking you, just saying is all. plus I think the part is cheap, no?

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Yup, I would. If they stick once they will more than likely do it again. Inconvenient if your away from home and it wont unstick .
I'll 2nd that.

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Already ordered a replacment. It stuck again about ten minutes after I "fixed" it. Another "tap tap" and I was off.
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When my switch stuck/ broke it was a great
opportunity to add a hidden
push button "circuit completer"
under the dash. My solenoid was fine but the switch stayed on with the same result
you had. Ran out the battery before I could get to it and pull a terminal.

Now I have a hidden starter button and a cable and padlock. I tie it up if I can't see
it from a window when out in public. Many theft and parts rings in the area.

It won't stop a thief, but they tend to look for an easier hit.

Even with a steering lock, some bulky thugs can load a pickup truck or Stepvan in
under a minute, and be gone. Even at gas stations. Crazy world, crazier Cheapster.

We now return you to the solenoid thread............
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Willys,

Jonathan you fixed mine the broken starter switch !
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