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post #1 of 17 Old 09-26-2008, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wet - Will not start

Have never had this before...so I am stumped.

Rained yesterday (pretty hard) and the bike was outside work as it normally is...

Went to leave, put in the key - got head light and neutral light. As soon as I hit the Start button - hear a click down by the starter and it goes dead.

Fiddle with the start/key and it comes on - same thing.

So I took off the seat and side panels, mess with the battery and checked my main fuses (gotta upgrade). Nothing is wet, nothing is awry.

Attempted to start - and it started (running light/parking light) was showing signs of not being happy, it was "surging".

Anyway, rode home - hung up the wet gear and put on the fan to dry things off... Went to start this am - same thing. Ended up driving my cage to work.

What if any are the usual suspects in this? I have had this since '05 have been in MUCH harder rain and ride it pretty much daily - HD on the other days.

Need some help here!

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-26-2008, 07:55 AM
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With the click that you described I would start checking the connections. I don't think the rain has anything to do with your problem. Could also be the silinoid.

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With the click that you described I would start checking the connections. I don't think the rain has anything to do with your problem. Could also be the silinoid.
Would that cause all of the power to drop out?

As in when I turn the key on - nothing...then it seems to wake up and I get power, hit the start button and wham out again.
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Agree about the connections. Battery and primary cables most probably since you had the headlight light issues as well. The click at the starter means your ignition switch was activating the solenoid. WD40 on questionable connections can be a temporary fix in wet weather (displaces moisture). Could battery be marginal and the cooler weather further degraded it?
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There is a male/female connection under the seat next to the fuses. This is a main connection. My 07 acted that way a couple times, till finally one day not even the headlights would come on. I thought the battery was completely shot, tried to push start the thing and nothing. Finally fiddled around with the fuses and just happen to take that connection loose and then reconnected it and boom, it fired right up. Even tho it looked locked and connected, it really has to be pushed together hard, at least on mine anyway. Make sure you have some di-electric grease and fill those connectors real good. I can't say for certain this is the problem, but a good place to check.

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Agree about the connections. Battery and primary cables most probably since you had the headlight light issues as well. The click at the starter means your ignition switch was activating the solenoid. WD40 on questionable connections can be a temporary fix in wet weather (displaces moisture). Could battery be marginal and the cooler weather further degraded it?
Batts good, replaced it when I got back from Iraq this spring - so still new.

Going to have to walk the connections from the battery out tonight. Whatever I find is going to have to be hardened!

I hate driving (and I won't ride my SERK in the rain - 2-3 hours cleaning!).
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There is a male/female connection under the seat next to the fuses. This is a main connection. My 07 acted that way a couple times, till finally one day not even the headlights would come on. I thought the battery was completely shot, tried to push start the thing and nothing. Finally fiddled around with the fuses and just happen to take that connection loose and then reconnected it and boom, it fired right up. Even tho it looked locked and connected, it really has to be pushed together hard, at least on mine anyway. Make sure you have some di-electric grease and fill those connectors real good. I can't say for certain this is the problem, but a good place to check.
That was about the area that I was playing with when it finally started last night...

Good idea on the grease, gonna score some on the way home since I have to pick up water pump for my "rain car" here at work. Not been a good week for my rolling stock!

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Yes it could cause that. I would start by checking all the grounds.

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Check the solenoid connector in the center it is a double female terminal that pushes on to the two male prongs on solenoid they come loose after the years and ware, take a small Allen or a small diameter nail, or some thing of that sort maybe the tip from an automotive electric tester and force the round female terminals closed a little so they tighten up on the males and that will keep them in contact better, I am pretty sure this is your problem. That turned out to be the case on mine.
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Welcome to the forum Psyclecis! The thread you are reading and replying to is dated 2008! I am sure the issue is cured by now!!
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