'03 1800 ignition cutting out


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blundst
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'03 1800 ignition cutting out

Postby blundst » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:07 pm



Quite regularly, mostly during accelleration the engine will just quit...some times just for a second and sometimes it will roll to a stop, and some times it cuts out many times in the space of a few seconds. I used to think it was a bubble in the fuel line, but recently I noticed that the tach goes to zero even with the clutch out and the engine turning over, so now I'm thinking electrical. It always starts right back up again but is getting worse and I need to do SOMETHING.It's gonna strand me some day. Safety is a major concern as well as trying not to do any damage to things. I guess I need some ideas on where to look for a loose wire or at some component that has the tach also in the circuit. Any Ideas??
TIA, Bob



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Re: '03 1800 ignition cutting out

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:34 pm

Key switch, perhaps?

blundst
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Re: '03 1800 ignition cutting out

Postby blundst » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:42 pm

That's sure one possibility. I might as well start there. I'll hook up a test light and check it. I need a flow chart and a component locator

I'll buy a mx man. cd
I'll let you know on this
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Re: '03 1800 ignition cutting out

Postby gareva1 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:09 pm

while the switch is a start, I'd start with the simplest one, the battery cables...what you are describing can be due to a loose battery cable.

Also, you could check the emergency killswitch on the right handlebar---its been known to short out and leave people on the side of the road....

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Re: '03 1800 ignition cutting out

Postby blundst » Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:33 pm

This prob being intermittant makes it almost impossible to trouble shoot. I'm going to go w/ my mechs (service dept. head) recommendation and change the switch assy on the right handle bar. I have the mx manual downloaded and looked through the t'shooting sec. and he says that's what he'd try first on his G'wing because it's the most problematic of all the possibilities. Most everything else is solid state and would either work or not.
I don't think he's trying to boost profits 'cause he gave me a good discount on it. I'll keep you informed so it might help someone else.
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Re: '03 1800 ignition cutting out

Postby gareva1 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:29 pm

Did you get a chance to troubleshoot it? My money's on the killswitch.

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Re: '03 1800 ignition cutting out

Postby blundst » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:56 pm

I have solved the prob. After looking at a troubleshooting guide in the mx manual, several components are solid state and could be eliminated from consideration. They would be yes or no and not intermittant. I decided to replace the right side switch assy. A test drive seemed to prove me right. I was elated, because that was a hard deal going in blind... just keep taking things apart till you get to the end of the wire bundle.
Going to work the next morning it quit cold dead a half block from the house, and refused to start. I knew what components remaind to be eliminated and on a hunch I cycled the kickstand. It started right up! Well glory, glory! Riding back to the house I tapped the kickstand with my foot and the bike stuttered. Again, stutter.
I was unwittinly tapping the sort-bad switch all this time and doing it to myself. It took 15 minutes to replace the switch and...voila... fixed it. I now have a perfectly good, but used, switch assy. My service guy told me to hang on to it because he has had to replace his twice.
So, there ya go. Thanks for caring guys.
Regards, Bob




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