Maybe someone has insight into an issue with my ‘14 Stelvio. What could cause the starter relay to not respond when button is pushed?
Spent most of the day trying to ferret out the common culprits. Fuses, battery, connections and terminals seem to check out. Failed while underway in the rain, coasted to a stop, wherupon the bike would light for a moment but not stay running. Buggered with the main fuses and suddenly after fussing with the fuses behind the right side panel the button wouldnt produce a response. Towed home. This is a low mileage bike not normally in rain, maybe never before, since was bought with 2800 miles, and I’ve never run in the rain. Spends its life in a garage. Instruments cycle on appropriately. SERVICE message comes up at times as does the red triangle. The tail light and the parking light come on with the key.
Test lead to the battery from the spade on the starter makes it run. Swapped the starter relay with the aux light relay, and swapped the Start Up Maint relay with another that seemed identical. No luck. Jumped the violet and violet/yellow leads on the starter relay plug, and the starter turns when the key is switched on.
Is this Starter Interruptus? Seems not given the above. Seems the ECU or something is keeping the starter button from activating the relay.
Trying to avoid the long trip to the dealer and the down time. If they werent 1.75 hours away and could fit it in it would be there tomorrow.
If i'm right, your fuses are not blown, especially the 15A from the starter relay. Usually this is the sign of starter interruptus. Nevertheless it's a good idea to put in a starter relay-kit - your bike starts much better and you can be sure, it's not starter interruptus.
No blown fuses-all checked with multimeter. I thought bridging the staerter relay’s plug and turn of the key starter activation ruled out starter interruptus.
Almost like the button itself doesnt work (seems a very remote chance), or it is ECU interruptus from some other failure. A clue may be the fact that the whole episode was precipitated by a loss of power while riding. It does have a Beetlemaps ECU mod-hopefully this is irrelevant.
No luck on the starter/kill switch, dry. Blue/yellow wire has 12.8v and BL/WH wire 11.8v. In addition to that voltage drop, the 40A fuse has a half volt drop comparing a chassis ground to the grounded lead of the fuse receptacle.
Is the headlight working? If I remember correctly I read somewhere that the headlight relay also plays a role in the start up on the Stelvio, which means that the starter relay and headlight relay both need to be working properly.
I’m no totally sure but worth checking the headlight relay, Roy might be able to help hopefully!
I am thinking the headlight shouldn’t be on until the motor starts. The wiring diagram shows the related fuse getting a feed from the generator. I also checked all the switched fuse receptacles behind the headlight and they all seem right.
Looking like a 2 hour drive to dealer. Exhausted all knowledge and ingenuity. Hopefully product will be clearly identified cause and clean bill of health.
Yes, the parking light is on when switched on, but not running. Dealer seemed to say an ECU failure doesnt throw codes or messages or warning lights. RELAYS!!!! CONNECTIONS!!!! Common theme and been over it-but will take someone better than me to vet. Off it goes.
If the spotlights have shorted out they will stop the bike charging. Once the battery voltage drops below threshold the dash will drop out and the bike won't start. The fact it was wet may or may not be relevant. If you jump start it from a running vehicle and the lights don't come on when it's running it'll be the fuse has blown due to the short. From memory it's one of the ones under the small triangular panel on the right of the bike under the seat.
I replaced the factory aux lights. They were cheapie replacments, but I never use the aux lights……I swapped another battery in to see if it’d help. didnt work and put the other back in. Sitting there on a trickle charger since, and now I see a message on the display that says “ECU” with an icon of a separated plug/socket. Also, the display now doesnt illuminate the sidestand down or neutral light when stand down and in neutral-but the lights flash at boot up.
Check the ECU fuse. The only times that ECU unplugged icon appears is when the dash can't see the ECU.
I've observed corrosion on those two multipin plugs that connect to the ECU. Also the ECU itself can show signs of corrosion. The 1100 GRiSO seemed to be prone for this corrosion, but I've only observed this on other's bike, I never owned one, just the 1200.
It does not seem to be relay related since they were swappped. The connector maybe…. which seems to involve tank removal which makes me squeamish….. I’ll fuss with a few more things but I’m feeling defeated now. Checking the trailer and filling the car tank is looming in my thoughts at this point.
Having the tech at the dealer isolate the culprit and console to the effect that reliability is restored has significant value.
Hi Amstaff when you say "What could cause the starter relay to not respond when button is pushed?" Which "starter relay" as they are different but interconnected circuits
On the GRiSO 1200 there are 3 relays in the starter circuit. 1) the starter relay 2) the starter "maintenance relay" 3) the starter solenoid
If i understand Kiwi Roy correctly the button causes the ecu connect the earth on relay 1 which fires it as it already has 12v on the other side. That relay triggers relay 2) and both provide the 12v that fires relay 3).
Startus Interruptus is when 12v does not get to the solenoid because the teeny weeny wires used by Guzzi cannot handle the 20 plus amp surge to the relay and the resistance in those wires means that maybe 10v arrives at the solenoid - insufficient to flick the gear into the flywheel and connect the battery to starter. ( an ageing battery will cause the same problem )
Cures are using bigger wires to ensure that 12v arrives at the solenoid (and making sure your battery is juicy).
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Subject: Re: Stelvio Starter Relay Won’t Send Juice Sun 25 Jul 2021, 01:45
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Subject: Re: Stelvio Starter Relay Won’t Send Juice Sun 25 Jul 2021, 01:53
I towed the Stelvio to the dealer, Hamlins Cycles. I gave up, bit did look at the wiring some more. I think I ruled out previously everything except listed below.
Tracing the paths from the starter button tells me the following devices affect the signal to the starter motor: 1) primary injection relay 2) secondary injection relay 3) lambda sensor 4) starter relay (since these were swapped shouldnt be this) 5) ECU 6) key switch (definitely is not this since jumped relay pigtail turns starter with key turned)
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Subject: Re: Stelvio Starter Relay Won’t Send Juice Sun 25 Jul 2021, 08:30
I'm very interested of hearing the next steps.
Subject: Re: Stelvio Starter Relay Won’t Send Juice