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I press the start button the headlight goes out & nothing i

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I press the start button the headlight goes out & nothing i keep passing the button & it starts it just started doing this.
JA: Have you checked all the fuses? Do you have a wiring diagram?
Customer: yes fuses ok & i get power but it like hesitates & i have to press the button a couple of times to start it.
JA: What is the model/year of your motorcycle?
Customer: honda shadow spirit(###) ###-####
JA: Are you fixing your bike yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i added a tachometer & hooked in to the ignition power wire but thats all
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: it acts like no peer to the starter but everything else has power then after a few times the starter kicks
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 8 months ago.

Hi and welcome to the site, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.

Initially, let's review and try the basics:

  • have you checked/tightened the battery cables and wirings/connectors;
  • is the battery fully charged?
Expert:  Louie replied 8 months ago.

Still, try below preliminary checks:

  • • check the main (30A) fuse co-located with the starter relay. To locate the starter relay, start by following the big cable from the + terminal of the battery as it always ends up tied to 1 of the 2 big terminals of the starter relay;
  • • 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).

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