Loss E-Start during ride 2007 WR450

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  • RMK800

Posted August 18, 2014 - 02:29 PM


I was coming down from a ride and had to close a cattle gate.   After doing this I pressed the electric start and got nothing, the dash actually looks like it went out then came back.  My mileage reset back to zero.    I had no problem using the electric start earlier during the ride.   My battery has had no issues.  I was able to ride out.


I removed the seat to check the fuses and relay.   The fuses are fine, when I touch the button I can hear the relay, it  sounds like a little motor is running in there.  Is that what it suppose to sound like?   I'm hoping it something like a bad relay.   My electrical skills aren't that great, but If it turns into that.  I guess another learning experience.

  • beairmo

Posted August 18, 2014 - 02:32 PM


Can you kick start it?


My bike starts of the estart but sometimes the engine gets "locked" and unless i kick it it won't even turn over. But once I free it with the kick, it usually starts of the button again. I think its just a lot of compression for the starter to turn over and depending where the piston is it makes a difference on if can get her going. 


Im going to put in a Shorai battery when this one croaks.

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted August 18, 2014 - 03:10 PM


If you hear spinning, it's not the starter motor, it's the starter clutch.


Need more info

  • RMK800

Posted August 18, 2014 - 06:17 PM


If you hear spinning, it's not the starter motor, it's the starter clutch.

Need more info

I hear spinning coming from the relay (black closed connector by battery terminals). Is the the starter clutch? Should the black relay just click or do you hear it spin?

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  • Krannie McKranface

Posted August 18, 2014 - 06:22 PM


You are not hearing any spining by the battery; there are no rotating parts up there .

The starter clutch is next to/under the starter.


If you press the button, and hear a click click , click click, that is the relay for the starter. 

If you also hear a WHIRRRRrrrrr.r. r r ... that is the starter clutch not engaging. It needs reaplacing. It wears out from starting in gear with a poorly adjusted clutch.

  • RMK800

Posted August 18, 2014 - 06:31 PM


Ok so I hear the click, but I hear nothing coming from the starter. Silent.

So I need to check to see if I have voltage down at the starter with a ohm meter?

  • stevethe

Posted August 18, 2014 - 06:48 PM


Yes, if you have 13.5 voltage and no starter whirl it's the starter.

Edited by stevethe, August 19, 2014 - 05:57 AM.

  • RMK800

Posted August 18, 2014 - 07:00 PM


So I was getting 13.2 on the battery, but I have read to many posts where the battery was the problem. So I got another battery from another bike and the bike fired right up. Kinda odd that a battery will just suddenly fail. I then checked it again and it was 9v. I put it on my battery charger and the charger just clicks. Looks like I'm in for a new battery. Any recommendations? You guys like the light weight ones?

Thanks for the help.

  • stevethe

Posted August 18, 2014 - 11:58 PM


The shorai seems to last.


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