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Intermittent no start fixed

Discussion in 'CARC' started by matson, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. matson

    matson Tuned and Synch'ed

    Sep 1, 2012
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    Tweed Coast
    OK folks, for a while (about 2 weeks) during winter a couple of months back - not that cold where I live in Oz, the little beastie would do all the dash bizzo but when I hit the go button - nothing.
    However, hold that switch for a few secs and vroom.
    I visually checked all connections, terminals etc and wiggled / poked everything, checked relays etc, spraying WD into most of the electrics as I went. Still the problem persisted.
    So I searched the forums and found numerous fixes relating to wiring / earth mods etc.
    Rather than resort to this, I went over the bike once again. This time after I put all the covers back on, seat etc I thought to myself, "self, give the handlebar mounted start switch a squirt of WD40." (couldn't remember doing this previously)
    So that's what I did and I haven't had any issue since. Just goes to show, things are not always as problematic as we sometimes think and it pays to be methodical and thorough when diagnosing / fault finding;)
    Happy days - wish it was all that easy.
  2. canuck1969

    canuck1969 GT Reference GT Contributor

    May 31, 2012
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    Burlington, Ontario
    Good pickup Matson,

    I am in habit of spraying WD40 in the handle bar switches every couple of months or after I wash it. Have not had a problem in 25,000 km (knock on wood.....). Just good preventative maintenance on any bike.
  3. Brian UK

    Brian UK GT Reference

    Nov 6, 2008
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    Addlestone, Surrey, UK
    Rather than WD40, you would be better using a proper electrical contact lubricant and cleaner. Servisol is one such product.
    Worth spraying the stuff in all the handlebar switches.

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