Thread: How to test a starter?
09-25-2010, 12:19 PM #1
How to test a starter?
This is not PWC related but still mechanical. I have my starter out of my Kawasaki bike and how do I test it? I connected a positive side of a jumper cable to the stud and it turned over very slowly. The starter has just one positive stud. Is this the proper way?
09-25-2010, 09:32 PM #2
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starter is toast if it's turning slowly. a visual inspection of the brushes and bearings if there are any questions. out of the engine the starter should turn a pretty good clip
09-25-2010, 09:38 PM #3
You would need to ground the starter if you have not, make sure your battery is fully charged. Usually if it turns it is still good but it all depends on what machine also. Make sure ground and battery is fresh and try again. Also some jumper cables are junk compared to others. Lots of things can play into a weak spin before ruling the starter bad.
09-26-2010, 07:47 AM #4
Ok thanks guys. I just ordered a good used starter from someone for cheap. A new one from Kawasaki is $400! Ouch. I will plug it in and see. What happened was when I tried to start the bike it sounded like it was slipping. If the new starter does not help I have to open the case and inspect the starter clutch and all that stuff, not fun.
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