Electrical issues- solenoid? - Kawasaki Ninja 250R Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 22
Electrical issues- solenoid?

Hi all,

My '06 has some gremlins in the electrics and I'm kinda stumped. I've got a fresh new battery but and when I put my meter on the solenoid poles, with the ignition off, I get a steady 12.8v. Switched on, it instantly drops to ~1.3v and I'm getting nothing to light up on the instrument panel. Is this indicative of a burned out solenoid?

Thanks for any ideas!!!!


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
Sharkey is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 07:31 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Sale, VIC, Australia
Posts: 11
It could well be a dodgy solenoid. They can play buggery when they muck up.

I'd also check any earth points on your bike. Between engine and frame, srater motor and engine/frame if applicable and from the negative pole on the battery to the frame if any. Often bad earths can cause a lot of strange issues too.

If that still fails to rectify the issue, check the connection between the solenoid and starter motor. Or any wiring around the battery, anything else that runs from the battery via the ignition switch. (I.e. Alarms etc...)

It sounds likely that you've got a short to earth, a bad earth, or some major resistance on one of your leads going somewhere?
Electrical issues can be the hardest buggers to trace, but I often find the simplest solution is usually the right one. Earth problems normally...

Good Luck!
MStagg is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2013, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 22
Thanks for the reply, it turns out you were right and I wasn't getting a proper ground. All good now mate!
Cheers!!!


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
Sharkey is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 04:11 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Sale, VIC, Australia
Posts: 11
Haha, no problem at all!

Glad it got you sorted out and running again.

I'd say in all of the cases with electrical issues I deal with at work, around 70% usually come back to bad/faulty earths. I've made it almost a habit to check the earth first when dealing with them.

Happy riding!
MStagg is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-13-2013, 02:45 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 1
Some wiring problems are just inconveniences. But others can pose serious fire or electrocution hazards.

leep
Denae84 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
electrical, issues, solenoid

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Ninja 250R Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome