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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Trouble starting

I am new to this forum and was hoping for some guidance. I have a 2003 Vstar 1100 classic (original Owner). I have a K&N air filter kit and Hard Krome Big Straights. My bike has been re-jetted to accomodate my set up and altitude. I live at 7500 ft above sea level.

Recently my bike has not been starting well and this has never happened before.

when I try to start it the motor starts to turn over and then it stops turning and there is a persistent clicking sound (until I let go of the starter).

The last time this happened (2 weeks ago), I gave the bike a rest for 10 minutes and it started fine.

Today the problem happened again but it won't start. The engine turns over a couple of times then the clicking noise.

Any ideas for me?

thanks,

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2010, 05:00 PM
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Sounds like a battery that's starting to go bad. Is it turning a little slow? Put a meter across the battery with the key off and see what it reads VDC. Should be about 12.6 VDC. Turn the key on and see if voltage drops, it shouldn't. Try to start it, a true load test, and see if the Voltage drops, it may a little as it takes a lot of amperage to turn starter. I think the clicking that you are hearing is the Starter Relay closing and opening because the voltage is dropping too much.

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thanks

I will check the battery tomorrow

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Bad cell in the battery, happened to me last January. Then again it could be something else.
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 04:37 AM
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Sounds like a loose wire to me.
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I'm with the battery suspects. I have a brand new Odessy in my 2000 Silverado 1600and vibration loosened mine. A quick tightning solved the problem. I also use a battery tender. Not so important in the summer/warm to hot weather but a must in the fall/winter and spring cool/cold weather. Bye the way, I'm pretty much at sea level but my bike started fine in Sturgis this year. Good luck
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Battery!!

So the voltage when I checked the battery 12.00 volt- well below the 12.6.
When I turned the key and the lights came on the voltage dropped to 11.5.

So I am replacing the battery.

thanks for the awesome help.

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No Problem it's what we do..

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ORKed 5/16" Lines
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Jetted & PMS Tweaked 20.0/152.5 3.0 turns
AIS Removed/Plugged
Wimmer Machine Custom Oil Cooler & Stash Tube
Pro-1 Tach
Dyna 3000 Step 5/ 6500 redline
TPS Connected
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Progressive Springs and GVE front

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 06:57 PM
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I'd charge the battery and load test it. If you have a loose wire the battery won't charge. It probably is the battery but you should check it.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 07:36 PM
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You do not say the age of your battery, but Sugar Bear has found 2-3 years is mostly the life of one, may be a bit radical here, but for piece of mind, I change it out every 2-3 years if it is workin good or not, saves me a lot of grief. Lots depends on how you maintain it on the off season. Just the way I handle that problem Ride safe.

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