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Old 03-28-2012, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just changed the timing belts on my '97 1500SE. Now I need to start it to make sure I got the tension right and the battery is dead. I mean shot. Won't take a charge. I tried to jump it from a lawn & garden battery but something snapped and now I get nothing. (yes it was hooked up right.) I'd like to check the fuses first but have no idea where to look. Before you ask, no I do not have an owners manual showing the location of everything etc.

Any help woul;d be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Right next to the battery is a "dogbone" shaped fuse housed in a black plastic box. That is probably the fuse that popped. The fuse box is laocated on the left side of the bike way back and half hid by the left saddle bag.



Did you turn the motor by hand to insure the timing is correct? I would really , really think that would be a good idea. The motor might be locked up and that is why it won't turn. Just be careful at this point if you aren't absolutely sure what you are doing. Check back and some of the guys will help if you need help.
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Most of the Bikes fuses are in the fuse box behind the left-side cover just in front of the saddle bags.

If you turn your key and have no action, and also given that you've jumped the bike, try looking at the 30-Amp fuse (normal ATC / ATO style fuse) that's located on Starter Relay A (located just forward of the battery immediately adjacent to the Dogbone mentioned above)

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* The dogbone fuse (55-Amp) "protects" the alternator and the "always on" power sources in the main fuse box.
* The 30-Amp fuse on Starter Relay A protects the power sent to the key-switch to get things to do anything at all, and the backup fuse (so your clock's memory and radio presets will be lost & your OEM trunk light won't work if you have one)

Good rule of thumb is that if you turn the key and hear relays click, but nothing happens, the 30-Amp fuse is OK, and the dogbone could be at fault; If you turn the key to find nothing clicks, then suspect the 30-Amp fuse.





If you've got a multi=meter around, there are a few tests that can narrow things down quite quickly




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Thanks for the reply. I'll go check these things out and see what goes. (or doesn't go )
Thanks again.
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Redwing52 --- yes I turned the motor over approximately 10-15 times by hand just to make sure of everything. Pretty confident about that.
I found the dog bone which is intact. I checked all the 5-20 amp fuses and they are all good.
I tried to take the cover of the box next to the smaller fuses to check the relay fuses. It doesn't clear to remove.
Do I have to take the blasted saddle bag off just to check the fuses?
This is my first Wing and so far I am not impressed.
Frustration is setting in!
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Yes left bag has to come off or at least loosened to get to the relay box behind the fuse panel. Get a repair manual if you don't have one.
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newday777..... Thanks for the bad news. Will loosen it enough so that I can check the fuses.

As far as the manual goes, once I get this POS running I'll probably trade it in on a Harley or sell it outright, so I won't need the manual. (rant over)



Thanks again for the info.



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POS huh? You need a Harley.
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