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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-09-2006, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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hello all,
OK...today I was not able to start my bike.
The Problem: This morning on the way to work I stopped at a store and had to "jiggle" the key to get my dash lights on and get the bike started.
At quitting time I was not able to start it at all.
The Symptoms: Seems to be weak contact in the ignition switch. Radio does not come on at "ACC" position (it should). It comes on at "ON" position but can be killed be wiggling the key a bit. I get no dash lights and no headlight. I get no lights in the "PARK" position.

Am I correct in assuming the problem is a bad ignition switch? Or could it be something else?

All ideas will be appreciated.
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if i had to guess i would say ing. switch. if it`s on a 1100 anyway.

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Yes, it more than likely is the ignition switch. My GL1100 did the same thing. Someone noticed how many keys were hanging from the switch and made the statement that a lot of keys will ruin the tumbler in the switch. Ever since, only the bike key goes into the ignition. This applies to cars as well. Hope you find the problem are are able to correct it real soon. The best of luck to you.

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thanks guys,
should the entire switch be replaced or can I get by with replacing the switch back?

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best bet to replce the switch complete. it will come with new key`s ,new wire and connector. you will have to take the fairing off to get to the wireing underneth the counter wieght. it`s an morning job.

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Can not remember if I had to take the complete fairing off or not. Doesn't seem like I did but not for sure. It seems if you are good at bending your arm and hand you can get by without doing so. Remember to keep your old set of keys around as you will need it to unlock your gas tank. Good luck.

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well what was the out come?? was it the ING. switch? or wasit the main fuse??

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On mine it was the switch. The tumblers had gone bad and once the switch was replaced then everything worked fine.

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