No neutral light for waterpump replacement


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No neutral light for waterpump replacement

Post by popogrunge » Fri May 04, 2018 8:02 am



I have a 1984 GL1200I and have had to remove the fairing and all gauges do to damage that it had suffered before I got the bike. I have replaced the gauges with after market ones that did not have a neutral light but now while doing a water pump replacement I find I have a neutral switch and when putting it back together the Doc on this site states ". Turn the key to "ON" (DON'T START THE MOTORCYCLE!! - Remember, it has no coolant or oil in it!). If the neutral light does not come on, then rotate the bar on the neutral switch slowly until it turns on. Turn the key off." Is this a major issue or a minor inconvenience? Is there a way to fix this without alot of expense?



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Re: No neutral light for waterpump replacement

Post by DaveO430 » Fri May 04, 2018 9:15 am

If you don't have a neutral light you can turn the key on and tap the start button, don't pull the clutch in, if it's not in neutral the starter won't work. What that doesn't say is the cover has to be grounded for it to work.

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Re: No neutral light for waterpump replacement

Post by popogrunge » Fri May 04, 2018 9:22 am

So you are saying it still has to be there and in the correct position but this is how to get it in the correct position

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Re: No neutral light for waterpump replacement

Post by WingAdmin » Fri May 04, 2018 9:52 am

The neutral switch is a rotating switch with a bar on it, inside the front cover of the engine. It looks something like this:

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It is rotated by this piece which is mounted on the shifter mechanism:

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The trick is to make sure that the bar is properly seated in the forks of that piece on the shifter mechansim - AND to make sure that it is the right way around, not 180 degrees out of sync.

For the 1200, I would make sure the transmission is in neutral, the fit the front cover into place, making sure the bar of the neutral switch fits into the forks. Switch the ignition on (don't start the bike!!) and make sure the neutral light is on, and operates normally when you shift it in and out of neutral. If it doesn't, pull the cover off, rotate the bar 180 degrees, and try again.

Once you know you've got it right, then you can put the gaskets in place and bolt the cover back on.

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Re: No neutral light for waterpump replacement

Post by popogrunge » Fri May 04, 2018 10:02 am

I have the full doc on the site but the problem is I do not have a neutral light on the instrument panel

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Re: No neutral light for waterpump replacement

Post by DaveO430 » Fri May 04, 2018 11:01 am

popogrunge wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 9:22 am
So you are saying it still has to be there and in the correct position but this is how to get it in the correct position
It doesn't have to be there if you don't mind pulling in the clutch every time to start it, and as long as the clutch switch works. You could also install a neutral light, pretty simple. And why not fix it like it's supposed to be while you are there?
You could attach a test light to the neutral wire to test it but it's pretty simple just to test if the starter works.



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