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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2007, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Can't Start thru normal switch

I now have a small problem with my bike......can't get the starter going thru the start switch, but when I jump the starter relay terminal...AOK on the start and it runs fine. I've checked the start switch, the cut-off switch, and the kick-stand switch....all ok and power does run to the start switch. There's a break between the start switch and the start relay.... There's also a "starter circuit relay" in the junction box depicted in the service manual schematic that I don't know how to check.

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I now have a small problem with my bike......can't get the starter going thru the start switch, but when I jump the starter relay terminal...AOK on the start and it runs fine. I've checked the start switch, the cut-off switch, and the kick-stand switch....all ok and power does run to the start switch. There's a break between the start switch and the start relay.... There's also a "starter circuit relay" in the junction box depicted in the service manual schematic that I don't know how to check.

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Fergy's gonna laugh at me for saying this, but you might pull the start switch apart and see what's going on in there. I'm having a problem with starting McKnight and figured I'd check the starter button before I messed around with the ignition switch. Found a lot of build-up on both side of the starter button (button side, and the contact side). That'll also give you the opportunity to check the wires coming off the switch and going to the relay - it's just a single solder point (that I could see) for each wire to the switch, and it's possible one of 'em has come loose. And, if Fergy's reading this, had the switch back together and operational in 15 minutes this time.

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Just so there's nothing ya missed, Capt....
There is also a safety switch at the clutch lever that'll stop the starter from engaging. But usually if it goes bad, you wont be able to start in gear with the clutch in. In neutral it starts fine.


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had the switch back together and operational in 15 minutes this time.
That's good to hear, Cindy.
When are ya starting a Vulcan repair shop ???
I'm sure we could keep ya busy LOL


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That's good to hear, Cindy.
When are ya starting a Vulcan repair shop ???
I'm sure we could keep ya busy LOL
I was coming home from the grocery store yesterday and saw a '93 for sale, $1500!! Called, and the gentleman "already has a buyer," who is slated to get the bike tomorrow night. But I started thinking, "Dag, a 1993, 10K miles...needs some cleaning....but it's underpriced...dag....I can make a little money." Started thinking maybe I should get a business license, just so I can write off my tools and stuff. If McKnight passes inspection, I may just pick up a side job here!!

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Wow! 15 minutes. Not that I was counting, but I know it took me way longer than that. Yeah, I'd be checking that switch. Also that clutch lever switch. Seen two of them go bad on SV650's. I'm an expert now on hotwiring an SV650 clutch lever switch to get them down the road.

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It would've only been about 10 if I hadn't dropped that copper spring behind the air filter housing...my magnetic "find a screw" thing doesn't pick up copper (of course), so I was reduced to searching for a shiny object using a flashlight. It's amazing, though, how easy a task becomes having futzed it up once before - lessons learned and all that.

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