Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Starting with Battery Connect (even without key)
My 1999 LT with 106,000 miles sat for about 8 months while I was recovering from a bad decision. Unfortunately, the battery remained connected and died during the sit. I tried to jump it off my truck, but the battery is apparently totally dead, or I didn't wait long enough before trying to start it and the starter motor problem surfaced (only when connected to my truck). I just bought a new battery. Now when I try to connect the battery, the starter motor kicks in (even with the key out). If I connect the battery when the key is in the "on" position, the motorcycle starts and makes a terrible sound like the starter is still turning. I only did this for a second or two and shut it off (disconnected the battery). My best guess is the starter solenoid is stuck/welded in the closed position. So, where is it (on the starter motor, or is there another remote relay)? Is that the consensus, and if so what steps to take for repair?