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Post by Gordwing » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:02 am

Good morning fellow 1992 aspencade will not reverse. It will only jog back 1" at a time but will not stay engaged so I replaced the switch but nothing changed.I would appreciate any advice out there. My neutral light is on if that helps.


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Re: reverse

Post by Sempai » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:37 am

If you're pulling the reverse lever up and it's trying to work and the N light remains lit, then I can only assume that the R light is not coming on...
I suggest checking/adjusting the cable, I believe you can find the adjustment just inside the right side plastic. The R light not coming on suggests to me that the mechanism operated by the cables isn't traveling far enough.
This is just my first thoughts on your issue though I must say, I have yet to deal with any problems with my '94SE reverse I do NOT know the details therein.
Keep the rubber side down.

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Re: reverse

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:20 pm

This is actually mentioned in the service manual as a troubleshooting step. It's too lengthy to post here (the reverse system is extremely complex, the diagnostic steps for it are over 20 pages long). However, it can be caused by:

Burned 5 amp reverse fuses
Open or short in one of the reverse wire harnesses
Loose or poor contact of reverse connectors
Faulty power control relay(s)
Faulty reverse control unit

Check the fuses and relays here:

Fuses and relays location
Fuses and relays location

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Re: reverse

Post by 89 1500 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:52 pm

Mine did the same thing it was a combination of brakes dragging and a crappy wet cell battery. When I did the brakes I lubricated the pins that the calipers float on and went down to batteries plus for a new agm battery. After a year problem solved. The bike rolls free and spins the starter like never before.

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