no neutral -- no start


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no neutral -- no start

Postby bubbzy93 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:26 pm



Well .... I rode my 93 aspy to work today, i noticed there were times (at red lights) when I was in neutral, and the light was not on .... now, its in neutral ... NO LIGHT ... NO START... no way home.
any ides?


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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:23 pm

You can start it in gear if a) the kickstand is up, and b) the clutch is fully pulled in.

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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby bubbzy93 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:27 pm

I will give that a try, thanks
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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby bubbzy93 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:56 pm

after a bit of fooling around, i got it going... pulled it into the dealership where I work, now... I cant get it going no mater what ... in gear, stand up, clutch in ... nothing? ... hummph
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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby robb » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:34 pm

Try to jocky the reverse lever back and forth to clean contacts. Mine clutch lever is funny sometimes and requires a few pulls rapidly to engage, need to clean the switch. Check that kickstand switch is releasing.

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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby bubbzy93 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:15 pm

I'm thinking it's got something to do with reverse lever switch. It only started this since I operated the reverse the other day as a test. So it should be okay to spray contact cleaner in the switch ?
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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:37 pm

bubbzy93 wrote:I'm thinking it's got something to do with reverse lever switch. It only started this since I operated the reverse the other day as a test. So it should be okay to spray contact cleaner in the switch ?


It's usually more that the lever/cables need adjusting more than a bad switch (although bad switches aren't unheard of). That's why fiddling with the reverse lever and then giving it a good hard push into the "off" position sometimes fixes it.

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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:48 pm

My 88 did the same thing.operating the reverse lever got the neutral light back on.I removed the switch.spraying wouldnt help it.it's a sealed microswitch.I had to crack the cover off and hand clean the contacts.If the switch is in fact bad,I recommend replacing it.

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Re: no neutral -- no start

Postby bubbzy93 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:35 pm

Okay... Well I removed the reverse lever, removed enough trim to get at the switch, I cleaned the cam and the tip of the mico switch, as they were both gummed up bad. I cleaned with w40 to rid the parts of grease and sticky goo. Then contact cleaner in, on and in the end of the micro switch, lubed the cam and tip of the switch with D P L. Lubricant. Tried it about a million times. Engaging reverse each time. Took for a good road test around town, hitting the neutral at each stop, worked purrrfectly. Confirmed with prev owner, he never ever used the reverse, he is the original owner, so stands to reason why it jammed up. This guy is the size of a small house, so I guess he never needed it. The bikes fixed, and I am happy.


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