Hi everyone! Nice forum by the way! So we have a 1996 Honda 300 Fourtrax. It's pretty old but was running just fine until recently. We have had some intermittent electrical issues. We've had to replace the starter motor recently which also came with a solenoid. That solenoid soon went out. Now we replaced that one, and literally the starter motor would just stay on all of the time with the key in the ignition or not. I just replaced that solenoid today.
So the four wheeler will only start if I bridge the terminals of the solenoid. If I turn the ignition switch one, we don't get headlights or the neutral light coming on. However, after the four wheeler is cranked via bridging the terminals, the stator/alternator/whatever it is called powers the lights and the neutral light. It cuts offs as soon as the four wheeler cuts off.
Admittedly I'm not one that knows an incredible amount about this stuff or the inner workings of a four wheeler. My assumption is that the plug for the solenoid is for closing the circuit when you cut the 4 wheeler ignition switch on? I'm unsure as to why when I cut the ignition switch on, we don't get lights or the neutral light indicator coming on. Everything appears to be hooked up correctly.
Thanks in advance for your help. I have a multimeter I can use to check things. I just need a little direction as to where to go and an explanation of what things do, so I can conceptualize it all.