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Honda 250 atv want to start without the key being on after

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Honda 250 atv want to start without the key being on after replacing starter solenoid when connecting the battery charger to the dead battery.
Is there a problem with the starter itself?
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 10 days ago.

Hi Al, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.

Initially, let's review the basics. Proposed preliminary checks (if have not been done):

  • re-inspect the battery, its ground lines and/or re-check and re-clean the battery cables + terminals, connectors and wiring ;
  • • more importantly, have the battery externally charged; and
  • • then also have the battery LOAD TESTed (even if new/charged and just for the purpose of eliminating it as a suspect);
  • • and then verify the battery voltage @ 12.7V;
  • • jump the 2 big terminals of the starter relay. Expect a big spark;
  • • if the battery is good @ 12.7V, then the starter motor should spin;
  • • if not, then a starter motor issue.