2004 WR450 Starter Problem

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  • 74dirtdown

Posted October 27, 2010 - 05:46 PM


About 3 months ago I had a starter problem and ended up replacing the starter and all was good. The starter has been great and I am loving it. When I got home the other day, I power washed the bike and typically I will fire it up to let it dry off the engine. When I went to start it, I all I heard was what I consider the relay click.

I figured I must have gotten something wet and let it sit for a few days with the fan blowing on it to dry out anything that might of gotten wet. After 3 days, it still just clicks.

Any ideas on what I can check or what I might have done with water and the bike this time around?


  • jerryls

Posted October 27, 2010 - 08:24 PM


The clicking sound can be the sign of a dying battery. Make sure it's charged up.

  • 74dirtdown

Posted October 28, 2010 - 03:08 AM


I will check the battery today, but the battery is fairly new and I keep it on a tender most of the time. I'll check it, but I don't think the battery is the problem in this situation.


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  • William1

Posted October 28, 2010 - 06:11 AM


Did you try kick starting the bike?

Sometimes, the engine stops just before TDC on the compression stroke the starter is not strong enough to overcome it. it is a 1 in 10,000 occurrence

  • 74dirtdown

Posted October 28, 2010 - 12:13 PM


I just pulled off the tank to see if anything was noticable from me pressure washing the bike and I didn't see anything. The bike starts up fine with the kick start. I even rode it around a little just get it moving and same result with the trying to start it. Just gets the clicks, the headlight does go on when I am trying to start it, but I am getting no engine turn over, just clicks.


Posted October 28, 2010 - 05:21 PM


the headlight does go on when I am trying to start it, but I am getting no engine turn over, just clicks.

The headlight coming on tells me this is not the stock electrical system. What is the battery voltage with nothing on?


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