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PostAuthor: judan911 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:19 pm

My 85 VX1000 has been in storage for 2 yrs and when I went to start it, it just clicked under the seat. I suspect a starter relay or ignition relay or possibly the starter itself. Battery was fully charged, so I know I had juice. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Re: Hey guys, I need some help...

PostAuthor: Arjay » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:03 pm

I read that a battery can be thought of as fully charged but not hold up in an amp test. Go simple/cheap first is what they say. Id try jumping it, for mine I added a heavy gauge wire and twist a wire nut or wrap black tape on end and tuck out of site when not in use. You can then jump bike much easier in future.

On mine the positive terminal is in back of battery box.

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Re: Hey guys, I need some help...

PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:17 am

judan911 wrote: when I went to start it, it just clicked under the seat.


Got a multi-meter and a manual? There's tests for starter cut relay (etc). Since you said you're "only" getting a click from under the seat (starter relay) and nowhere else, you could undo the plastic cover on the starter's solenoid, pull it back and check the connections. Clean/tight etc etc. and see if you're getting any juice down there. The Bendix should be kick'n out with the start button. Making sure the relay (under seat) is also clean & tight. Usually just pulling the connector on/off few times is enough to establish a good contact. Or spray with circuit board contact cleaner, too. Not to rule out the relay(s) under seat "isn't" stopping the current from getting to solenoid. Even if your battery doesn't have the amps to push thru, if your getting a click under the seat..the Bendix should also "at least " kick out (usually). Process of eliminations are oh so fun.
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Re: Hey guys, I need some help...

PostAuthor: Jake » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:11 am

Ok, the first thing I would do is remove the battery leads, and scuff the leads and battery terminals. Follow that up but the ground to frame and the battery to solenoid connection.

If you don’t get any love there, take the battery out and have it tested. You may have the voltage but not the amperage, which is what you need the turn the starter.

Something else to consider regarding the battery, is the age. You say bike has been in storage for two years. Assuming the same battery was stored for two years and not knowing the previous age of the battery, it is time to replace it anyway. Yamaha recommends battery replacement every two years. If you buy a new battery, buy an AGM, it will last a bit longer and hold a charge longer than wet cell.
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