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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-08-2006, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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starting problem

Alright here's what going on:

I had a wet-cell battery but replaced it due to the hot start problems and I was only riding once a week at best and it would occassionally be drained. So about two weeks ago I got my new MF battery and installed it and the bike ran fine. Last Friday I replaced the lightbulb cause the headlamp guage would come on for the high beam. So after replacing the bulb the headlamp guage still came on for the high beam...figured it was a wiring problem and didn't want to mess with it so I just decided to do without high beam for now.

Went to start the bike yesterday and it had nothing. The lights come on when you turn the key but it doesn't even make a click when you hit the start button. I hooked up the battery charger for about 3 hours (the red light on the battery tender did come on) and tried again and still had the same result. If I hold the starter button in and then click the kill switch from off to run it will make a VERY brief attempt to turn over. By very brief I mean not even a sputter...pretty much just a noise.

My first thoughts was a bad battery or possibly a strator going bad (i hope thats not it). Then thought it might have a short in the wirng due to the lightbulb deal and was running down the battery. But now am hoping it has to do with the kill switch. Can a kill switch could go bad? Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-08-2006, 04:33 PM
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did you check your fuses?

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didn't even think about that...I'll try that tonight. Now for a total noob question...where are the fuses located?
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Fuses are located behind the plastic left side cover.
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Did the light on the battery tender turn green? It's unusual for either battery to get drained over a week or two. Sounds like you may have something draining the battery when the ignition is off. Perhaps the ignition switch itself. Not really sure what to tell you at this point. The reserve lighting unit is attached to the battery box, and it takes care of the logic of what headlight lamp to use. Perhaps it is faulty, or maybe something is wrong with the junction box...

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Sounds like you might have a bad kill switch, you said it would make a noise when you moved it. I would look at that.

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