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    Default 2008 GS SM failing to start?

    Hello, I have this 2008 spyder that is failing to start and was hoping I could come here for advice since I have no clue what I'm doing. I recorded a video you can find here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/cky1iRU3UpKtWyCp7

    Basically, after clearing the startup message and hitting the ignition, there's a loud click from the side and it resets the dash and startup message.

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    I'm far from an expert but my first thought would be battery. Load test it or swap out with new one if it is showing its age.
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    Sounds (& looks) like it's time to start checking things like:

    • the Battery for resting and load charge (less than 12v resting or about 11v while actually trying to start = dead/dying battery);
    • battery terminals for sound cables, cleanliness, & tightness of connections;
    • relays for seating & operation (actually pull them out, check the terminals are clean & shiny, and then tightly re-seat);
    • fuses for seating (as per relays) & function (pull & inspect/test to ensure not blown);
    • ground connections onto the frame (check the terminal ends are tight on the cable as well as the frame connection point is shiny metal & the bolts/screws tight);
    • starter terminals for sound cables, cleanliness, & tightness of connections; etc, etc, ect


    How old is your battery?? It doesn't really look like it's a battery problem to me tho; they rarely present with the whole thing going 'click, fail, repeat' just as brightly & quickly as it seems to in your vid.... so maybe the starter, relays, or fuses need some really intense scrutiny?!
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    All good places to start from above ideas But from the way your saying what's happening your hearing the starter relay click in but no starter, you know what that means? After you make sure your battery's up to snuff, I would see if I could manually roll the starter by jumping the starter solenoid, if it rolls, then I would go back like Peter was saying and check all the switches and relays that are involved in the starter circuit! Good luck!! P.S. you did check the kill switch, right??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    All good places to start from above ideas But from the way your saying what's happening your hearing the starter relay click in but no starter, you know what that means? After you make sure your battery's up to snuff, I would see if I could manually roll the starter by jumping the starter solenoid, if it rolls, then I would go back like Peter was saying and check all the switches and relays that are involved in the starter circuit! Good luck!! P.S. you did check the kill switch, right??
    Point well taken on the kill switch - it is easy to forget - ask me how I know
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeRight View Post
    Point well taken on the kill switch - it is easy to forget - ask me how I know
    Most of us have been there and done that. Ask ME how I know?

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    Thank you all so much for the suggestions! Turns out it was in fact the battery!

    Now if only we could solve the problem of no authorized Spyder shops on my island

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    You don't want to try it yourself? Not that hard!! You can get the battery online have it shipped! I got my last battery from Lamonster Garage, right here on the site!!

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