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bobcat42
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electrical problems

Postby bobcat42 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:32 pm



After my wing set for 2 weeks it wont even turn over and it has always started fine.Checked battery ,fuses and everything i know to check but no luck yet.



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Re: electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:02 pm

First thing is tell us is what it does do.

lights work?
starter turns motor over?
Any strange noises?
bad smell?
cranks but wont fire off?

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Re: electrical problems

Postby bobcat42 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:37 pm

Dash lights come on.Radio works, horn works. No headlight,no fuel guage, no neutral light ,does nothing when you hit start button.

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Re: electrical problems

Postby bobcat42 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:46 pm

ok i am getting closer.The battery is fine. I actually jumped across the solenoid and started the bike. But i still have no power to the ignition. Headlight doesnt work, no neutral light, no guages. Could it be the ignition switch? Also there is another solenoid on the frame just to the left of the oil fill cap. It has no power to it. What does that solenoid do? still looking for clues???What should i check next? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:55 pm

I'm here now 5:50 and looking at a schematic for the 93 model .test probe fuse 10.marked tail/meter/position.Does it have volts on both sides?

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Re: electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:59 pm

Tail/main relay #3.does it click when the key is turned on?It feeds power to the affected areas.
The relay may be bad,swap it with another.
It may not be getting power to it's coil.

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Re: electrical problems

Postby robb » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:49 am

Check the main starter fuse beside battery under plastic cover. Thin dogbone looking, held with 2 phillips screws.

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Re: electrical problems

Postby bobcat42 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:36 pm

I have now removed the fairing where i could get to everything. I hear a click from a relay in the box but not sure which one when i turn the key on. I can still start it by jumping across the solenoid but not with the start button.I have checked the igniton switch and the start/reverse switch and failed both at some point. Can a bad relay cause those to fail?

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Re: electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:10 pm

Before we go there,pull the relays,1 by 1 to find out which one is clicking.This will help to identify what does work and lead us to step 2.

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Re: electrical problems

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:09 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Before we go there,pull the relays,1 by 1 to find out which one is clicking.This will help to identify what does work and lead us to step 2.

This is a good idea but check the dog bone fuse. What position is the kill switch in.




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