starter switch - Honda Shadow Forums : Shadow Motorcycle Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New York
Posts: 287
starter switch

Can anyone tell me what are the signs that a starter switch needs to be changed. Does the bike get gradually harder to start , or does the bike just not start with no warning at all. Thanks.

I am 65 yers old and I am getting back into motorcycles after 30 years.
juliusc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 10:47 AM
Senior Member
 
Aced It's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In your garage stealing parts off your bike
Posts: 2,752
The switch is an on/off momentary style. But I wouldn't go blaming the switch without providing some information as there are many reasons why your bike either won't start, or becomes harder to start. What bike, and what are your symptoms?

Visit my current '80 CB900C project
CB Lingo for My Road,
and my '91 VLX600 bobber build My Road to Bob,
and my '03 ACE750 sled build My Road to Rod.

Keep the rubber side down, unless of course you have a rubber head!
Aced It is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New York
Posts: 287
My bike is a 2007 Aero with 24000 miles on it. The problem is that a couple of times it was hard to start and almost didnt start. Then it goes back to a normal quick start as if normal . I had the battery checked and it is fine .I was thinking it might be the start switch. Thanks.

I am 65 yers old and I am getting back into motorcycles after 30 years.
juliusc is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 11:25 AM
Senior Member
 
Aced It's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In your garage stealing parts off your bike
Posts: 2,752
Quote:
Originally Posted by juliusc View Post
My bike is a 2007 Aero with 24000 miles on it. The problem is that a couple of times it was hard to start and almost didnt start. Then it goes back to a normal quick start as if normal . I had the battery checked and it is fine .I was thinking it might be the start switch. Thanks.
This is a good starting point (see pic) ... Start simple and go from there.

Visit my current '80 CB900C project
CB Lingo for My Road,
and my '91 VLX600 bobber build My Road to Bob,
and my '03 ACE750 sled build My Road to Rod.

Keep the rubber side down, unless of course you have a rubber head!
Aced It is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 03:34 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Posts: 327
Is the starter engaging fully when it is hard to start? As in, is it cranking over and not starting? When the starter switch itself goes bad the indicators are usually the headlight doesn't turn back on when the bike is started or the starter goes in and out of engagement erraticaly.

Damian

Image is pointless if you don't do the riding part; get out on the road and out of the bar!

'00 Sabre

damian.garcia83 is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 06:39 PM
Senior Member
 
C.W.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 1,504
When my starter switch started acting up it would work intermittently, sometimes only catching a contact briefly to make a click. I would wiggle the switch while pushing it in to try and get some contact going on, and it was then I could tell by the way it was behaving the switch was the problem. I did the starter switch maintenance cleaning, and it still acted up. I ended up having to take it apart again and stretch the spring that pushes up on the stunt strip to make the contact good and strong. Lubed it, too. That worked.

2008 Aero 750
C.W. is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 06:39 PM
Senior Member
 
gypsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Echo canyon, carnuel nm.
Posts: 1,385
Send a message via Yahoo to gypsy
The start button can be a tweakie week link, sometimes engaging the starter and sometimes not... It can be disassembled and cleaned. Also, you can jump across your solenoid batt to ground with a good piece of heavy gauge wire. If this kicks the starter the probably the handlebar button... Like I said, they are often the weak link.
gypsy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Shadow Forums : Shadow Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome