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I have a 2006 Polaris sportsman 800 that will not crank,

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I have a 2006 Polaris sportsman 800 that will not crank, battery is new with full charge. I turn the lights on and they are bright, what may be the problem.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Hi and welcome to JustAnswer,

Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance for information purposes only...

Initially and if the battery & its cables have been ruled out, then proposed preliminary checks (if have not been tried) would be to check the starter solenoid. To locate the starter solenoid, 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 solenoid. Carefully but quickly/momentarily jump the two (2) big terminals. This is a bypass of the solenoid to enable the starter motor to spin:

  • • if no starter action, then starter motor highly suspect;
  • • if starter would clack loudly, then a possible internal problem;
  • • if slow starter action, then battery/voltage/connection concern;
  • • if would start as expected, then a likely possible starter solenoid and/or its wiring/interlocks issue.

Please post back results / observations of the above once tried.