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    97 gsx no electical power

    I have a 97 gsx 787 that the starter would turn a half turn and stop then turn half turn and stop when you hit the starter button. It has sat for about 2 years since then. I went to go try to get it running again and had other issues. When i connected the DESS key it light up the dash and when i hit the starter button it buzzed and stopped. After the buzzing i do not have any power to my dash or anything. Its like there is no battery in the ski. I checked all fuses and they are good. I also jumped the starter solenoid to see if i could get starter to spin and i just got sparks and starter did nothing. I put the battery in my wave raider and it starts no prob so i think the battery is good.

    I am about to take out starter to have it tested and clean the main ground coming from battery.

    Anyone have anything else i should try to clean while its apart? Any ideas of why i have no power all the sudden? Was just connected to its own battery when trying to start.

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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    Battery is toast , the buzzing is called by low voltage, if it is a new battery then the battery cables are toast.
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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    Thanks. The negative cable end was gray instead of brass on the motor bolt mount. I may put all new cables on it as i agree with you on them being an issue.

    One thing that has me stumped is why all of the sudden my gauges don't work and nothing happens when i insert the key or press start button now.

    It buzzed for a bit and shutoff power, no power to nothing when key in or out now.

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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    Quote Originally Posted by jbridg View Post
    Thanks. The negative cable end was gray instead of brass on the motor bolt mount. I may put all new cables on it as i agree with you on them being an issue.

    One thing that has me stumped is why all of the sudden my gauges don't work and nothing happens when i insert the key or press start button now.

    It buzzed for a bit and shutoff power, no power to nothing when key in or out now.
    Last time I had this happen was on a 787 in a GTX, ground cable end where it attaches to the starter was toasted. It worked then it didn't, of course this happened right after I called the customer to come pick it up, you can do a quick check of the ground cable using a set of jumper cables, attach one end to the battery negative post the other to the engine, see what happens.
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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    I took the starter off and hooked it up to a battery using jumper cables and it barely would spin and didn't kick the bendix out. I am guessing i need a new starter at the minimum. I took the starter apart and cleaned out all the carbon and it would still barely spin.

    I cleaned the ground cable real good to where it was brass again and also what i thought was the coil grounds in the rear box. Is there any other grounds i need to clean?

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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    Quote Originally Posted by jbridg View Post
    I took the starter off and hooked it up to a battery using jumper cables and it barely would spin and didn't kick the bendix out. I am guessing i need a new starter at the minimum. I took the starter apart and cleaned out all the carbon and it would still barely spin.

    I cleaned the ground cable real good to where it was brass again and also what i thought was the coil grounds in the rear box. Is there any other grounds i need to clean?
    What battery are you checking the starter with ?
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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    I tried the ski battery that i got out of my wave raider, my truck battery that was out of the truck and a lawn mower battery. All gave the same results

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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    Ok just wanted to make sure you checked it with something besides just the battery in that ski.

    Starter probably has a bad armature they will eat up voltage when its bad.
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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

    I was going to get a starter rebuild kit, do you recommend something else? I don't think the armature comes with the kit.

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    Re: 97 gsx no electical power

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