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Replaced water pump & new "O" rings & inst. new battery. Now green neutral light wont come on and with clutch in starter will "try" once to turn engine but will not. Not .ridden since Nov 2010 but was a steady rider until then. Reason for parking was oil in the water Have I done something wrong behind the front cover? Thanks for any help. dod
 

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You probably got the gear position switch out of place. Did you turn the engine by hand before trying to start it?
 

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Need quite a bit more information to help you dude.
 

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It sounds like it could be just a coincidental electrical problem - maybe brought on by moving wires about when taking the bike apart. If you haven't already done so, try pulling apart the various electical connectors, cleaning the contacts, and putting them together again. They can get pretty dirty and corroded over the years.
 

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If it tries once and stops sounds like something binding or hydolock. Like above said you should turn it over by hand first using alt bolt
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dod wrote:
Replaced water pump & new "O" rings & inst. new battery. Now green neutral light wont come on and with clutch in starter will "try" once to turn engine but will not. Not .ridden since Nov 2010 but was a steady rider until then. Reason for parking was oil in the water Have I done something wrong behind the front cover? Thanks for any help. dod

Immediately stop trying to use starter. Ditto what Dave said. The gearsfift position indicator switch is not aligned correctly. If all you did was replace waterpump and didn't change timing belts then likely engine is ok.

You need to pull front lower cover again. The shaftof the gear position switch has a pin in it that is offset slightly, meaning pin is longer on one side of the shaft than the other. The transmission should be placed in neutral and the switch must be in the same position (neutral) when installing cover.

After repulling front cover, inspect switch and engine side for damage. Hold metal front cover in contact with engine. This provides the ground path for the neutral light. Turn kill switch to off and turn ignition key to on. With cover held in grounded position rotate switch till neutal comes on. Cover is now ready to install.



Lastly after everything is reinstalled and BEFORE using starter put bike on center stand, place in higher gear and rotate rear wheel in the direction of forward travel to turn engine over by hand. Do not force it. Once you verify neutral light and gear indication works and engine moves freely THENre-attempt using starter.
 

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Pull plugs check for water there...
 

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This is the neutral switch inside an '83 casing. (Don't worry about the dirt and sludge, that's taken care of now)




And this is inside the engine showing the gear selector and slots that the neutral switch pin locates into

 

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Tks SO MUCH Wingsam41 for the info. I followed your advice to the letter and you were right on!! I'm riding tks to you and others. Once again tks. God bless!! dod
 
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