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Where does this wire go?
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-20-2009, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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Power- Now you see it, Now you don't

This come out of a 6-wire plug. When you wiggled the wires there would be power sometimes. Then it just quit. So I did some checking. When I unplugged the plug and touched the lug it just flopped around. The wire was taped together with the others so it all looked OK, so when I unwrapped about 3 inches the wire fell out of the back of the plug. The other wires were holding it in.

So just because it all looks fine there could be something broken like this somewhere in the wiring.


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Yep, it's not uncommon, especially in the older bikes. I'd say 85% of my "electrical gremlins" have come down to weak/broke/rotted connections.

Last summer my bike did the very typical headlight issue with glowing indicator on the pilot box, all the symptoms/issues said bad stator, but the problem actually came down to one single female terminal that plugged into the back of the headlight bulb. It looked like the the one you posted above.
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This is pretty much what I was thinking could be Cindy's electrical gremlin problem (except with a battery wire)

A good example of why it's often suggested to thoroughly clean and inspect connections, and not just look at them and think 'Yeah, there's a connection there'.

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Also be aware - when testing whether or not you have voltage at a connection- that sometimes there will be a good enough connection to show voltage on the multimeter or test light- yet when a bigger load is connected it will not work.

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