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    1998 gsx limited - Starter Cutting Off/On

    I am working on a 1998 gsx limited. The owner didnt secure the battery and it shorted out melting the posts and apparently killed the starter as well. He replaced the starter solenoid hoping that was the issue but no luck.

    He didnt want to mess with it so I took on the job, dropped the carbs and swapped the starter.

    Now when you press the start button it cranks the engine for a second, then the starter seems to just pause, then it kicks back on, then off, then on. Sometimes after this on/off cycle a few times it stays on then it cuts off again.

    Any ideas?

    Im thinking the solenoid he put in is possibly bad OR he fried his mpem??
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    New battery, New solenoid, New Starter ( old one was fried ). If I jump the solenoid it cranks fine all day long. IF I use the start button its 2 second bursts. Did I get a bad "new" solenoid or is the MPEM fried from the battery shorting out.

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    monitor the lead that comes from the mpem to the solenoid to see if voltage drops off as you hold the button. It should be the Yellow with red stripe wire.


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    The mpem is fried

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