neutral safety switch


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neutral safety switch

Postby robertdawber » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:28 am



If the engine is out of the bike when working on the water pump,etc. Is there a way to test the switch to make sure it is set? I never moved it..



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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:40 am

As I recall,the switch has 2 wires on it that exit the cover...With a ohm meter,there should be continuity (shorted) between the 2 wires when the switch/mechanism is in neutral.

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby robertdawber » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:13 am

virgilmobile wrote:As I recall,the switch has 2 wires on it that exit the cover...With a ohm meter,there should be continuity (shorted) between the 2 wires when the switch/mechanism is in neutral.

Perfect! I will give that a try and let you know. I thought that there must be a way similar to this. Thanks a ton!

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:45 am

There are two wires:

Light green/red
Green/orange

When the transmission is in neutral, the light green/red wire will be grounded. When the transmission is in 5th (overdrive) the green/orange wire will be grounded.

Keep in mind that the switch grounds to the front cover, so if the front cover is not in place, it will (obviously) not be grounded to the engine block.

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby robertdawber » Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:31 pm

WingAdmin wrote:There are two wires:

Light green/red
Green/orange

When the transmission is in neutral, the light green/red wire will be grounded. When the transmission is in 5th (overdrive) the green/orange wire will be grounded.

Keep in mind that the switch grounds to the front cover, so if the front cover is not in place, it will (obviously) not be grounded to the engine block.

Hmmm
With the engine out and the cover off (the switch has remained in) would the above create continuity when in those gears? I hate to wait until I place it back onto the bike to put it all together. By the way, great advice on the Scotch Pad. I was using 1000 and 2000 grit paper. (still good to smooth things out) removing those 32 year old gaskets are no fun. two hours...

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:51 pm

If the cover is off, and the switch is still mounted in the cover, you can measure continuity between each of the wires and the cover itself.

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby robertdawber » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:06 pm

I will then be able to tell if it is working correctly? What if I find no continuity? Would I move the switch?

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby robertdawber » Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:15 pm

Nevermind, I just read the How to install Water Pump and I see that I would indeed rotate the switch. I assume that will work here as well.

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:57 am

robertdawber wrote:Nevermind, I just read the How to install Water Pump and I see that I would indeed rotate the switch. I assume that will work here as well.


That's correct.

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby robertdawber » Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:27 pm

Thanks
On your How to install the water pump article you list "dowel # 3" and speak of this. I do not have an oring from my kit for that spot. I have all of the others though.
I have two extra-one very large one that look like it would go behind the shifter mech. but I am not replacing that and one other that looks like it is the size of a penny. Maybe it goes behind the neutral safety switch? (I am not removing that though)
any thoughts?

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Re: neutral safety switch

Postby robertdawber » Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:34 pm

I found the answer. You wrote that number three was a mistake. Phew.




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