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

Customer Question

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: 10 months ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 10 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 10 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).