Honda shadow won t start

Remember Me? What's New? Results 1 to 5 of 5. Thread: Honda Shadow VT won't start. Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Honda Shadow VT won't start. Hi there, I recently pulled my bike out of storage and it hasn't been on in a few months. The bike in question is a honda shadow vt It ran perfectly fine all last season I'm in Massachusetts and kept it covered in my driveway.

I do not have a garage. When I went to turn it on I got nothing. No lights, nothing.

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I figured it was a battery issue so I tried charging my battery and nothing. I tried replacing it with a brand new and fully charged battery and the bike started right up.

Figuring I had solved the issue, I ran the bike for about twenty minutes and everything seemed in good order. Two days later I went to turn the bike on and once again it won't start. No lights at all. What should my next course of investigation be? This is my first bike and I'm new to all of this. Thank you! One common error: Is it possible that when you turned the bike off, you turned the key to "Park" rather than leaving it at "Off".Replaced voltage rectifier and then put in new battery.

First couple times it started ok. Now it won't start on it's own.

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It will jumpstart. What should I replace Please help Was the battery fully charged before installation? It should have been. Using an alternator to charge a battery can wreck the alternator. I'm seconding the suggestion to get a Clymer's manual. It really will tell you how to check your electrical system. It's what I used, to great advantage. Get the Clymer manual and a multimeter. No, seriously. The manual will tell you how to test some of the components of your motorcycle before you take it all apart.

On my motorcycle, the stator is the problem. Just keep putting your battery on a charger until you can test your stator. First, I had to laugh that a bunch of people think that a shadow is a car, and not a motorcycle Anyway, there are two possible causes. Either the battery wasn't fully charged or your alternator isn't charging it. I wouldn't replace the coil, not unless it is cranking but not starting.

If you want to just throw parts at it, I'd do the starter next. I would dump gasoline on it, and then shoot a flaming arrow into one of the windows I don't have a high tolerance for cars that won't start. Trending News. Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus.

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How do you think about the answers?Does the starter motor turn over? If not is there a click noise from the starter solenoid? If not one or more of the safety switches has died - try bridging them one at a time with a piece of wire.

If relay clicks but starter doesn't turn either poor connection, faulty relay or dead starter. Try bridging the two heavy connections on the solenoid with a screwdriver briefly.

honda shadow won t start

You'll probably need to download or buy a copy of the manual complete with wiring diagram to go any further. Charge the battery or put a new battery. Replace all the fuses. Make sure the bike is in Neutral. Neutral light should be on the dash with key On. Side stand light should be Off. Try to start. No luck, locate the starter solenoid. Key On and with all the switches set, hit the start button. Listen for a click. Remove solenoid and hot wire the two prongs closest to the big wire terminals straight to the battery.

If you do not hear a click, the solenoid is shot. If all the switches test ok,there is likely a wiring problem. Check the ground connections at the battery and at the neutral switch. Solenoid clicks, check for power at the two big wire terminals with a 12v test light connected to battery negative while hitting the start button.

Test light lights at both terminals, check for power and ground at the starter with the test light while hitting the start button.

Power and ground is good, starter is dead. Power is not good, check for bad wire from solenoid to starter. Get a multimeter and read the voltage on the battery some battery retailers will check the health of a battery for you. If the battery is fine then you need to check for continuity. If you have continuity all the way to the plugs then you need to check the spark. If you have spark, do you have fresh fuel, if you have fuel and spark at the right time then do you have air?

If you have all four and then it does not start maybe you do not have compression in one of the cylinders. As to switches — check your owners manual, there will be an online version you can download, and read the starting procedure.

Anon, you keep posting this crap. You are making assumptions that are unwarranted. What I have advised will work as a starting point to identify the problem s. Yours will not. That switch needs to be in the RUN position.

So switch in RUN position. Transmision in Neutral. Kickstand can be down to start if its not in gear. Still wont start?Originally released inidentified by model number VTDC. Check to make sure the ignition switch the red switch located on the right handle bar is flipped to the ON position.

If it is flipped off, the power for the lights and battery will turn on, but the bike will not turn over or start. If there is a constant chugging sound coming from the motorbike, check your tank to make sure there is enough gas.

If your motorbike is out of gas it will crank the engine, but it will not turn over. Putting more gas into the tank will ideally fix the problem.

Premium gas should always be used.

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In emergencies, the reserve tank can be accessed using a switch under the gas tank on the left hand side. If the gas tank is not empty and it is still making the constant noise, the spark plugs may be dead or disconnected. Make sure the connection is secure, or replace the spark plugs located on either side of the engine. If this is the case, the lights will not turn on and the bike engine will not crank or turn over.

Check the wires on the battery located underneath the seat and make sure the connection is secure. If the connection is secure and the bike still will not turn on, the battery will need to be replaced. If the sound from the motorbike is more of a vibration, the starter may be broken and will have to be replaced. You can tell if the bulb is blown by shaking the bulb. If there is rattling coming from inside the bulb, the filament is broken and the bulb will not work.

The bulbs in the headlights or taillights are blown and will need to be replaced. If the bulbs are not blown and still will not turn on, the cables for the lights may be loose or disconnected. Check the connections on the lights and the battery located underneath the seat to make sure they are secure. It is also possible that the battery could be dead or disconnected. Check the wires on the battery and make sure the connection is secure.

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If the connection is secure and the lights still will not turn on, the battery must be replaced. Make sure that the emergency shut off switch located above the ignition on the right handlebar is in the OFF position. If it is not, flip it to the OFF position.

If the motorbike is not warm enough, the motorbike will stall out and turn off. If this occurs, turn the bike on and rev the engine keeping the RPMs above When the motorbike warms up enough, it will ride normally.

If there is a constant chugging sound coming from the motorbike and will not restart, check your tank to make sure there is enough gas.I have a honda shadow spirit, it has always started and ran perfectly.

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Now trying to start it it just turns over and does not even sound like it is trying to fire up. Yes, the spark check is the same. Ground it to the block, but away from the plug hole if there's gas, you don't want it to light.

My experiences say that Hondas don't like to start with low batteries, or any other condition that causes a low voltage. FUEL: It is not getting enough fuel or it's is getting too much fuel, or the wrong fuel, or dirty fuel into the combustion chamber.

Again, no combustion. If you are having to ask this question, I suggest you have a mechanic check items 2 and 3, and probably item 1. First check and see if you have spark. If you have spark, then check and see if you have fuel. If you have both, then your bike will start, so one of them isn't happening. If you don't have spark, it could be many things No fuel is easy, just spray some starting fluid in it to pinpoint that it is a fuel problem and then work backwards to see why fuel isn't getting there.

When starting, some engines are very sensitive to cranking speed. Old batteries will lose a lot of oomph when cold. Try hooking jumper cables up to a car battery don't start the car engine and see if it starts.

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If it does, then the battery may be getting tired. The battery may turn it over and still be too weak to fire the electronic ignition. Batteries usually are good for years, anyhow. Charge the battery and clean the ends of your cables. As Saxter above said is spot on It must be sparking to start so it must be a fuel problem so long as its mechanically sound no bent valves ect Nick.Very often on BCF people write that their bike won't start but makes a fast clicking noise.

This post is to explain what the noise is and why it happens. The starter motor on a bike uses a lot of power to turn the engine. The starter button cannot handle the current that the starter draws from the battery so a large electric switch called a solenoid is used. If the battery is healthy, when you press the starter button it sends a small electrical current to the solenoid which pulls in a contact with a heavy 'click' and supplies the heavy current to the starter motor.

The starter is now connected directly to the battery and can crank the engine.

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If the battery is not in good condition, or close to being fully discharged, something different happens. This time when you press the starter button it sends a small current to the solenoid which once again engages with a heavy click. This time however, because the battery is low on charge it doesn't have the capacity to supply the starter with the heavy current it needs but the starter is still demanding that current so it takes what it can from the battery until the voltage drops down almost to zero.

Now the solenoid no longer has enough power to keep the contact in and it releases with another heavy click. This releases the starter load on the battery which recovers enough to once again energise the starter solenoid and you get another click.

As before, the starter load pulls the battery voltage down to zero, the solenoid releases and it clicks again. The solenoid will keep clicking like this in rapid succession until you either release the starter button, or the battery becomes so flat that it will no longer energise the solenoid at all. If you have this fast-clicking noise then firstly check the battery connections are nice and tight, as loose or corroded terminals can also cause the same symptoms.

Next check the voltage across the battery terminals, or if you don't have a multimeter put a battery charger on the battery to build-up some charge. If after charging your battery for a while you still get the clicking noise there's a good chance your battery has come to the end of it's life and you require a new one. Allowing a bike battery to discharge for any length of time can quickly reduce it's capacity. Gear is good, gear is good, gear is very very good.

Good post, let's hope it gets read?!? Ought to get the mods to sticky this. Particularly since most of us are brushing the dust off our bikes in the garage in preparation for spring, or for those noobs buying bikes for the first time in order to get into the spring rush.

I have this problem right now. I have just brought a zxr a week ago. Worked fine untill the other day. What should i do next? The last owner didnt use it much.

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If you have fitted a new battery then your first port of call is to check all of the heavy connections. Make sure also that there are no other connector-rings for stuff like chargers, alarms etc under the main ones - any additional ones should be on top of the main power leads not between the heavy connectors and the battery posts.I have a honda shadow spirit, it has always started and ran perfectly.

Now trying to start it it just turns over and does not even sound like it is trying to fire up. Yes, the spark check is the same. Ground it to the block, but away from the plug hole if there's gas, you don't want it to light. My experiences say that Hondas don't like to start with low batteries, or any other condition that causes a low voltage.

FUEL: It is not getting enough fuel or it's is getting too much fuel, or the wrong fuel, or dirty fuel into the combustion chamber.

Again, no combustion. If you are having to ask this question, I suggest you have a mechanic check items 2 and 3, and probably item 1.

First check and see if you have spark. If you have spark, then check and see if you have fuel. If you have both, then your bike will start, so one of them isn't happening.

my 2001 honda shadow will not start?

If you don't have spark, it could be many things No fuel is easy, just spray some starting fluid in it to pinpoint that it is a fuel problem and then work backwards to see why fuel isn't getting there. When starting, some engines are very sensitive to cranking speed.

honda shadow won t start

Old batteries will lose a lot of oomph when cold. Try hooking jumper cables up to a car battery don't start the car engine and see if it starts. If it does, then the battery may be getting tired. The battery may turn it over and still be too weak to fire the electronic ignition.

Batteries usually are good for years, anyhow. Charge the battery and clean the ends of your cables. As Saxter above said is spot on It must be sparking to start so it must be a fuel problem so long as its mechanically sound no bent valves ect Nick.