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We have a 350 Honda Rancher with an electronic trans mission.
More than half the time when you want to start it, and the transmission is in neutral it just clicks and won't turn over. Sometimes it turns over weakly.
The lights are bright and it acts the same with or without a charger to supplement the battery, so I don't think the battery is the problem. It starts instantly when you pull the cord.
Is their a neutral start switch on this machine?
Is there something that can prevent it from closing? (I have noticed if I put the thing in gear and rock it back and forth against first gear, the thing will start right up)
yes, it sounds like the electric shift system is working properly- its the stater system that seems to have the problem... When you try to start it, you hear the starter relay under the seat clicking, that means that all the neutral saftey junk is working properly. the power is either not getting from the relay to the starter, or the starter has power but is worn out and faulty. you could also have a dirty cable connection beween the relay and the starter, good way to check this is to put one lead of a volt meter on the battery positive terminal and the other terminal of the meter where the cable connects to the starter, put it on volts mode and attempt to crank the engine over- disconnec the coil wire so it doesnt start, and see if you have any voltage. .5 volt is probably ok, 1 volt or more means you have high-resistance in the cable or at the connections, this is what we call a "voltage drop" test in automotive diagnosis, but works the same for any electrical circuit that is flowing current.
When you hit the starter button, does it click once or do it keep on clicking like a dead battery? If it just clicks once, try hitting the starter with your hand with the starter button pushed and see if it starts.
Honda all the way