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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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1998 Polaris 400L wont start

Just started having starting problem this weekend. started bike to unload off trailer cranked slow thought it was from cold wheather 32 degrees. went to snow with other quad came back that knight to load it on trailer wouldnt crank used pull start fired right up. Went to autozone next day to get battery wasa little weak. Installed new gell battery did same would not crank over but would start up with the pull cable. I have 12.8 volts at battery,i have 12.8 volts at stater solinoid from battery,with key on push stater switch get 12.8 volts on other side of solinoid, put tester on wire at starter and ground out got 12.8 volts there too. Confused can the ETC swith on the throttle make bike not crank over if out of ajustment ? When use recoil starter will start and run do have to give it a little gass to start then it runs fine ,any ideas Thanks For Any Help!!!!!:
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I just got my 1998 Polaris xplorer 400 running today after 8 years of being down. Sounds to me (even though I am a novice) that if you have power to your starter and it is not turning over that you need a new starter. Is the problem that it will not turn over when you hit the start button? I would check your grounds and connections but it sounds like you have already done this. I found out that my starter was bad by doing a starter bench test. Here is a video on YouTube of how to do this. I did it on my xplorer and nothing then on my sprtsman and it turned over. So it works. At least it would rule out the starter problem. If it is the starter then I would recommend pulling the clutch to get to it. There was no way for me to get my skinny hands in there to get the starter out much less to put it back in. You just need to remove the bottom skid plate. Ground your negative and supply 12v to your positive post on your starter. When you do this your atv should turn over. I would not suggest doing this for too long though. Just long enough to hear it turn over. Hope this helps.

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