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starter relay

hello guys and gals.
has anybody had problems with starter relays (xt600e).i have just had two go on me in the last month,after leaving the bike standing for a few days ,press the starter button engine turns over reluctantly then nothing!.i thought it might be the battery so i bump started it run the bike for about 30 miles to get a charge in it,but still nothing,the starter motor is fine,any help would be appreaciated.
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Sounds like the starter motor takes too many Ampères and burns the relay.
Another thing is the battery and voltage regulator. The regulator will only start letting current through when it senses a good battery [with at least 10 Volts]. So if the battery is flat it will not charge. And probably the rteason why the battery is flat is the voltage regulator. If it's still 47X-A1 [or 2 or 3] type, replace it by a new model with cooling fins.

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hi fred,thanks for the info,i was woundering if the starter relay will be ok(its only been on the bike for 3weeks from new) if it is a problem with the regulator,i can hear it clicking when i push the starter button,is there any way i can check the regulator out,
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If the relay is burning out, it could be that the starter motor contact gaps are too big. This leads to more current being drawn which leads to more current pasing through the relay, burning it out?

Worth removing the starter motor & measuring the gaps IMO?
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You cannot test the regulator itself, but believe me, if it's called 47X- you definitely don't want it.
You can test the voltage at the battery with engine running. If it's more than 15, the regulator is dead.
You can test the battery also. If the voltage is less than 10 after a night's sleep, with engine off, charge it. If it's still less than 11 after charging, replace it. But don't replace the battery and have the new one blown up by a defective regulator.

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hi,i have managed to start the bike by using a jump lead direct from the battery to the starter motor,this starts it fine,i think the battery is ok? should i turn my attention to the regulator?
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