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I cannot get it to turn over. Installed new CDI, new

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I cannot get it to turn over. Installed new CDI, new battery. Won't turn over at all. 1981 Kawasaki 440 LTD.
JA: Have you tested the battery with a voltmeter? And can you see if it's leaking or not?
Customer: No. I assumed a new battery would be OK.
JA: Are you fixing your LTD yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: It ran when I bought it only short times. Was told to install new CDI, which I did. Also installed new battery. just clicks when starter is pressed.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not Really.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 10 months ago.

Hi, 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;
  • • 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 and be able to crank the engine.