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Old 03-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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990R not starting, won't turn over

OK, here's what I got. Hopefully somebody can help me figure it out.

When I try to start the bike, it will not turn over, It sounds like it just starts to move the engine, then stops and the solenoid clicks a few times. If I hold the start button, it will repeat the same thing, try to turn over then click, stop for a second before doing it again.

I just put a new battery in the bike. It was fully charged when I put it in. Voltage on install was 13V static, 12.3V with key turned on and about 9-10V when trying to start the bike.

I suspect the starter is going bad, but I don't know how to test it without taking the bike to a shop. I don't exactly trust the local dealer service department. I also don't want to just start replacing things and hope that I get it right. That can get expensive real quick.

Any of you FF got any good ideas?
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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Check out all the wiring down by the battery if you haven't yet, it could be weak current from corroded wiring.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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The cables down at the battery look surprisingly good, considering how much mud/sand/road grime this bike sees. I have not gone any further yet, but I will check the wiring out as I am digging in.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:25 AM   #4
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Check connection at solenoid? Not sure where your's is on the ADV but I had this issue with the SE after some "spirited" trail riding. Put some low strength loctite on it and has not happened since.
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Or the old standby..........all electrical issues are a ground problem until proven otherwise...
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Skyclad had a buell, he should know all about electrical gremlins. Lol
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:39 AM   #7
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Actually, the only electrical issue I had on the Uly was the voltage regulator failing once. That bike was very reliable, after I got the rear bhearing issue solved. If you don't have a 2010 rear wheel, I highly recommend it.
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Skyclad had a buell, he should know all about electrical gremlins. Lol
No lectric issues on either of my 06's................yet. But getting the TB back on with the new James seals is thoroughly kicking my ass though.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #9
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Showing my lack of knowledge here, but does the 990 have auto compression release?
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:55 AM   #10
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starter relay

Pull the starter relay and grease all of the connections (wires and fuses). Mine did the same thing and this fixed it and it took only 15 mins or so to do. Mine also looked perfectly clean. So don't let the looks fool you.

See this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=843633
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:49 AM   #11
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Thanks, I will do that this weekend. What you described is exactly like mine is acting now.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:52 PM   #12
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stimmer, much thanks for the tip. Cleaned up the relay and the connection right behind it. Put a full charge back into the battery and she fired right up for me.

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:28 AM   #13
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Very cool. Don't thank me, you can thank the others that answered the question in my post.

What got me at first was that mine was perfectly clean. The other pictures I saw were of gnarly looking relays. Obviously looks means nothing.

Glad you got her working.

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