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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-12-2009, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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new to this site; been riding for 45 tears and now have an 85 vn 700 with a problem . she runs great and the she takes a fit and shuts down she will start back up right away if I pull over and start her. then she will run along good for awhile then all of a sudden she will shut down . now when she shuts down I can hit the starter button ,now the starter don`t kick in and then she will start off again and you don`t have to pull the clutch in. It don`t do this all the time only now and then when she feels like it . has anyone had this problem and what can I do to keep her running without shutting down?
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You can start by cleaning and lubing the ignition switch. Use lube made for electrical connections.

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You can start by cleaning and lubing the ignition switch. Use lube made for electrical connections.

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AKA... dielectric grease.

Also, check that the battery connections (those at the battery, and those at the frame/starter solenoid) are clean and tight. Not just with a visual check, but remove, clean, re-attach.


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AKA... dielectric grease.

Also, check that the battery connections (those at the battery, and those at the frame/starter solenoid) are clean and tight. Not just with a visual check, but remove, clean, re-attach.
Thanx, I will try to member that.

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness pkiefer. Good luck with the bike and the unplanned shutdowns.

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AKA... dielectric grease.

Also, check that the battery connections (those at the battery, and those at the frame/starter solenoid) are clean and tight. Not just with a visual check, but remove, clean, re-attach.
Uh...nope; dielectric grease is what you use on the harness connections after you clean them with something like CRC's Electronic Cleaner, part #05102, red can, available at most auto parts houses. It's the same stuff as the contact cleaner you get at Radio Shack, but half the price for twice as much. Spray it up into the switch housing where the wiring goes in and work the switch real good, then spray the terminals in the connector under the tank. Pack a bit of dielectric grease into the opening at the switch housing, and into the backs of the connectors after you plug 'em back together, to help keep moisture from getting in there.

Don't get the electrical cleaner; that stuff will eat the plastic and/or make it brittle.

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Uh...nope; dielectric grease is what you use on the harness connections after you clean them with something like CRC's Electronic Cleaner, part #05102, red can, available at most auto parts houses.
Yeah, I was only referring to the last part of NiteRiders post.....

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Which is why I only put that part in red.

Does the CRC stuff get the tarnish off the connections, or is a pass or three of fine sandpaper/Scotchbrite/something similar still also a good idea?


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OK fellers I did what you told me to do and nothing worked she still shuts down. Went on a big ride last weekend and she ran good till about 80 miles then she started her crap again 6 times in the last 10 miles she quit and all I did was hit the starter button and off she went for a while then she would quit again. Any more hints fellers as I need her for work as well as pleasure? thanks
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All he does is hit the starter button and it restarts. Do ya'll think it could be a relay that is being reset by the starter button???

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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 05:47 AM
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Could be the side stand switch. Try to bypass it and if the problem goes away, get a new switch.
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