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post #1 of 12 Old 09-29-2018, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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drowned the hornet!

I gave the chain a clean earlier on my 05 cb900f and then added a load of degreaser quite liberally on many parts of the bike. Then hosed down quite vigorously. When I went to start the thing I had clicking sounds from the...middle of the bike, maybe the solenoid? Then the clicking, which I kept trying and hoping would change, did morph into a different rhythm

https://youtu.be/ljsqRss9POo

Have I caused some horrible problem? Or is it likely it will subside if I let the thing dry over night?
And do the light combinations confirm the issue?

I thought clicking was when the charging system could not get enough voltage?

Clearly it must be water in the electrical system, but where and how will this horror end!

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-29-2018, 02:42 AM
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You should be very careful with water and electronics. I'd stop trying to do anything for fear of shorting something out and/or doing permanent damage.

I'd get some WD40 compressed air and blow things out, then apply WD40 into all the connections a roll of paper towels might help too.

I'd remove the connectors one by one and blow them out, apply WD40 and maybe even leave them open for a bit.

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You should be very careful with water and electronics. I'd stop trying to do anything for fear of shorting something out and/or doing permanent damage.

I'd get some WD40 compressed air and blow things out, then apply WD40 into all the connections a roll of paper towels might help too.

I'd remove the connectors one by one and blow them out, apply WD40 and maybe even leave them open for a bit.
Well, not as encouraging as I might have hoped Karl but appreciate the advice! Which I will try to follow tomorrow morning with the light. I was going to get the extension lead and use the hair drier on whatever I can see.

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Or your battery just decided to give up the ghost.

I seriously doubt that washin it caused your problem.

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You can jump the battery and test if it's good, I should have mentioned battery. Good catch Sniper-x

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Just tried again this morning and its just that mad clicking sound when i press the starter?

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If your battery is good I'd say you might have a current leak somewhere or water has got into your starter relay. Maybe get your relay out and blow it out, WD40 it.

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The clicking...Which I realise now I missed on the video I took.

I have taken a hair drier to the electrical parts I can see. Unplugged the battery, ran a voltmeter over it which shows around 12.18 volts. Still, I am putting it on a charge out back. Will return later and try again. Though its looking horrid.

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The clicking...Which I realise now I missed on the video I took.

I have taken a hair drier to the electrical parts I can see. Unplugged the battery, ran a voltmeter over it which shows around 12.18 volts. Still, I am putting it on a charge out back. Will return later and try again. Though its looking horrid.
IIRC, 12.18 isn't good. You can get a HF auto charger for like $6. You can also just leave it jumped to a car for a while. A Battery Tender kind of thing can really come in handy.

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https://youtu.be/Tt3snf6LagY

After 5 hours of charging the battery it showed around 12.2/3.

I chucked it back in the bike and when I turned the key - before even pressing the ignition - it dropped to around 5-6V. Not enough to start which I believe is around 9.5v?

Ran the cycle a few times, and it was 11V then turn key and down to 5-6V again.

Clicking, I assume is solonoid saying 'give me more juice'.

Have ordered a new battery and hope this is the only issue.

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https://youtu.be/Tt3snf6LagY

After 5 hours of charging the battery it showed around 12.2/3.

I chucked it back in the bike and when I turned the key - before even pressing the ignition - it dropped to around 5-6V. Not enough to start which I believe is around 9.5v?

Ran the cycle a few times, and it was 11V then turn key and down to 5-6V again.

Clicking, I assume is solonoid saying 'give me more juice'.

Have ordered a new battery and hope this is the only issue.
When you say "turn it on" are you pressing the starter button or just turning the key to the "on" position?

Do you have anyone around you with some jumper cables? I'd put the jumper cables on there and you'll have the answer in seconds.

Have to say, it REALLY sounds like the battery.

How old is the battery?


BTW, I got mine brand new for $3 at Walmart. I signed up for their CC, got $25 discount and the battery was like $28 or so. It's been working ever since.

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When it's THAT much of a drop when you start the bike, the battery's cranking amps are gone. Definitely needs a replacement. An inevitable, and not too costly repair, thankfully. Unless you wanna go gel or lithium, that is......

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