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    Gotta be something electrical. HELP!

    Just picked up a '97 Raider project. Seems to be something electrical. Previous owner had the start/stop switch disconnected and dismantled. I just happened to have a good switch so I hooked it up, through in a fresh battery changed the plugs, and gave it a shot of carb cleaner down the carb. Stood back, lit a few candles and hit the switch. DAMN! Nothing. Not even a click. Starter? CDI? Stator? I need some guidance what should I tackle first?


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    If there is not even a click then i would not assume the starter, check the wiring first, i had a corroded connection last year and had the same problem. Also check all the battery cables they could corrode too, you get power but when you try to start it, nothing happens.

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    Remove the coupler cover and see if you can turn it by hand.
    If you take out the plugs it will turn quite easy.

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    I can turn it back and fourth about 1/4 turn. Should I get a full rotation?

    Wires look good except for the heat sensor cable. There are two wires in the cable, pink and black. The cable was up against the engine and got to hot, the pink one got the worst of it. I patched it up.


    Could it be the coil or relay if nothing is getting to the starter.

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    Take plugs out ....try to turn over completely one revo....

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    Plugs are out but thats as far as it will go by hand. Should I take other forceful measures? The impeller seems to be lined up right with enough clearance to turn. I thought it might be rubbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyT View Post
    Just picked up a '97 Raider project. Seems to be something electrical. Previous owner had the start/stop switch disconnected and dismantled. I just happened to have a good switch so I hooked it up, through in a fresh battery changed the plugs, and gave it a shot of carb cleaner down the carb. Stood back, lit a few candles and hit the switch. DAMN! Nothing. Not even a click. Starter? CDI? Stator? I need some guidance what should I tackle first?
    Have you check the starter relay?

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    It should turn over all the way. There will be drag from the pistons, but it should be fairly easy with the plugs out. If the impeller is dragging, you can probably hear it.

    If you can't tell, remove the engine mounting bolts and slide the engine forward to disengage the drive coupling. If there are shims under the engine, mark them and put them back exactly as they came out. With the coupling disengaged, you should be able to turn the engine by hand. If not, time to pull the head and see what's going wrong.

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    Check the pump and impeller for obstructions. The motor should turn freely with the plugs out like stated. The relay is probably fried from the previous owner trying to start it when it is locked up.

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