no power at ignition switch

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by johnflorida, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. johnflorida

    johnflorida Member

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    97 heritage- went for a ride today ,parked in driveway. Went to start bike up and no power or acces. Checked ground at battery , checked battery 12.7v. pulled switch and nothing looks wrong. Could it be a bad switch or breaker? Any ideas what to check? Anyone have a pic of the breaker. I like working on bikes but electrical gives me a mental block.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    This is what it looks like.

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    Remove and clean both battery cables and check the other ends of the cables too if this doesn't fix the problem.
     
  3. johnflorida

    johnflorida Member

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    Wheres it located? Between tanks? Replace it?
     
  4. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    My '91 Dyna started having problems when it was around 8 years old. Had lights and stuff but intermittent no start. Did all the hard or expensive stuff and then it turned out to be the kill switch and starter button on the bars. All corroded up inside with white/greenish corrosion salts acting as a pretty good insulator. Took the switch mount off and disassembled, cleaned and lubricated everything then back together. VoilĂ !!

    TQ
     
  5. johnflorida

    johnflorida Member

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    I had the switch apart a couple months ago to install new cables and it looked OK
     
  6. TripleJ

    TripleJ Senior Member

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    Last thing you worked on is always a good place to start.
     
  7. johnflorida

    johnflorida Member

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    If the kill switch was bad wouldnt I still have lights? Where is the 30A breaker located? I cant find it.
     
  8. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    See attached for the location on my bike ('03 UC).

    TQ
     

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  9. Slo-Ryd

    Slo-Ryd Junior Member Contributor

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    Check where Tquentiun mentioned but it may also be located behind the rear wheel slash guard right behing the oil tank. They sometimes rivet it to the plastic splash guard.
     
  10. johnflorida

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    Pulled switch again to check voltage and now have power. I found a wire rubbed bare by the rear tire. Would this cause a total power loss? I ordered a new switch just in case.