Ok, I've had this problem with this bike not starting about a year ago but then it was kind of a once and awhile thing and then it was fine all summer and fall. And now it continually does it.
When I turn on the key and press the ignition button all I get is a loud click under the seat from the solenoid. Last year I took it to the dealer who couldn't get it to repeat the problem but replaced the brushes in the starter (it did it again about a week later so that wasn't it). I took it back and they supposedly found a dirty connector and sent it home (it did it once or twice soon after that and then was fine).
Come this winter, I go to start it one morning and get nothing but the loud click so I pull start it and do what I need to do and come back in (figured the battery was cold and didn't have the juice to start since it was about 20* in the shop). Got back in and shut it off then immediately tried to start it again, and again I got the same loud click. So the next time I was in town I bought a brand new fully charged battery for it and brought it home and put it in, tried to start it and got the same thing again. So I figured I'd get the tester out and see if there was current coming from the solenoid to the starter. Got nothing from the solenoid (battery was reading 12V) so I jumped it across and got a the starter to make a noise so I figured it was the solenoid. I just replaced that today and when to start it and still got only the loud click. I did some reading on here and cleaned off the following: both ends of starter cable (solenoid and starter), negative battery cable at the battery, positive battery cable at the battery, frame ground connection (couldn't get to bolt to remove engine ground and clean), cleaned off all the fuses, looked at the two connectors that run to the solenoid and they looked to be fairly clean but couldn't get anything in there to clean them. Did get the starter to crank slowly for a second but then it ran out and I just got the click.
So where do I go from here? I've been pull starting this thing for probably 3 weeks or more now and put over $500 into trying to fix this problem (between last year and this year) and there is no end in sight. Is there some little thing I'm missing here or any ideas on how to fix this?
PLEASE HELP ME!!!
2001 Foreman 450 ES