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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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No power to the solenoid. the N light dims when I hit the start button, but that is all i get. The bolt I see is in good shape.
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Find out which side, ground (yellow/gree) or + of the solenoid coil isn't getting fed. Ground goes thru' the clutch/neutral switches, + comes from the ign switch & cut out switch & a fuse. Connect a meter to either side of the battery & the other to one of the terminals.

If you haven't got a wiring diagram, search on this forum on that term & you'll find the one I posted yonks ago.


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so I tracked the power and the 2 prong round metal box that is the first place the power goes was where the power stopped I unbolted the wires touched them and bam starter action. Could this part be my problem? What is that part called?
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That's the starter solenoid. If you need a new one, I've used a generic one for Honda off ebay (new), fits in the Triumph rubber mount & is much cheaper.


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Is there a way to test it?
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You could apply 12v to the small terminals & see if it will operate the starter? (Did you confirm + & ground feed to those terminals earlier?)


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This sounds very familiar.
In the end I found that the wiring harness was faulty just below the ignition switch.
I replaced the faulty section and all my problems went away .....
Make sure you have no evidence of harness "rubbing" against the frame in places you would normally no look...
Also, some years ago, I foolishly put too much graphite into my key ignition...,
got all the "go" lights put nothing happened when I pushed the starter.
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