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Hi guys,

Tried to start my 1998 SE andthe engine would not turn over. All lights on dash lit up; when I hit start button, heard it click each time. Was reading previous posts here whichmake me think the problem mightbe corroded cable orbrushes need to be cleaned. (Not sure which "brushes"; guessing in the alternator.)

Themysterious aspectis that the "R" reverse light goes on each time I experience this problem. Yes, I am absolutely certain the reverse is off. I take it out of gear and put it back into gear... and push down on the reverse handle as hard as I can without breaking it.

Then, as mysteriously asthe problemstrikes... the problem disappears. Hasnt happended all weekend so far. Usually strikes once a month. My bikehas 34k miles; complete tune up with all fluids changed and new plugs at 29k.

Thanks a lot....
 

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The brushes you saw referenced too are the starter brushes. Sounds more like the starter relay though if you haven't experienced any starter drag. I was thinking you might have a bad reverse switch but I don't think you would have evenhear a "CLICK" if it were. Assuming the "CLICK" is coming from the starter relay. If it's coming from the reverse relay, then it might be a bad reverse switch.

Bob :11grey:
 

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This sounds more like a faulty reverse switch. If it's sticking on then the bike won't start and the starter relay wiull just click.
 

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The Clymer manual has a real good section on troubleshooting this issue, mine only covers to '92.

If it continues to be a problem, you may want to look into a manual, either Honda or Clymer.

Good luck
 

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BRowan wrote:
I'd spray some lube onto the reverse switch first.
:cooler:Congrats Browan!

That's what I'd do first when a switch acts up. I had a little hang up in my cruise control today, it occasionally didn't want to set. I shot a little WD in the clutch rod hole in the clutch master and the lever pivots, ditto on the front brake lever, and gave a spritz in the three cruise control switches. Presto! Everything is working fine, the brake and clutch levers are noticeable smoother (and I thought they were fine before). I'm a believer in WD because it's dielectric, it doesn't wash out the grease in the switches, it works good and smells good!
 

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Exavid, you may want to look into replacing the brake lever bushing soon, that was the root of all evil in my cruise control issues.
 

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Tonys96 wrote:
Exavid, you may want to look into replacing the brake lever bushing soon, that was the root of all evil in my cruise control issues.
Actually I just did, put on a new brake and clutch levers, the ones on the bike were some chromeaftermarket ones that I didn't like. Just got the proper onestoday and put them in.
 
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