Question about 1994 Yamaha XJ 600 Diversion S

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Yamaha xj600 doesn't start

When I press the starter button, the oil light comes on and thats it.
The bike has a new battery, and solenoid. If I bridge the solenoid, it does turn over.
How can I diagnose the problem?

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  • jpdean00 Dec 28, 2008

    Cheers guys, I have tested the starter button, it was dubious so i bypassed the wiring.

    Can I bypass the other switches to eliminate them?

    Or should I test the starter relay, and if so how?

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Hi m8,, i guess u have a neutral light lit up 2,, u need that to start it as well,, no light and she wont go ,, or try pulling the clutch lever in as u push the starter,, ,if none of that works,, then 1st u can do a quick experiment ,, grab a rubber or plastic handled screw driver, and cross the two terminals on the solonoid, if she turns over then the starter button needs cleaning up, or may have a break in the wire,

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Hi ..... Does the light come on with the ignition switch or the starter button ? If you can turn over by bridging then it sounds like the button or the ignition switch. Yamaha buttons are terrible for corrosion or the amount of current it draws melts the backing plate and allows it to 'sink' into the plastic and thus fails to connect. Take the headlight cover off and find the wires from the right hand swith loom, short out between the starter wires, this'll at least let you see if its the starter button that's the problem. If it is the handle bar swith assembly has to be changed OR if you're patient and careful they can be taken apart but BEWARE there are small springs and screws which if you strip, drop or fail to see are easy to lose and are unavailable to buy singley from Yamaha.

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I bought a yamaha xj diversion 1996, but dont start when i push button nothing happens but oil light does come on. can anyone help thanks

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Tellme2 was spot on but for me it was a broken wire which had corroded at the starter block , I could hear it clicking and when I took the block apart hey preseto a corroded and broken wire, once I stripped it back and re-inserted it as a check she fired up but then another problem , fuel started pouring out of the carb , great solved one problem found another , stripped everything off slides all working ok re-assembled same issue , turns out a float was stuck in the bowl , a couple of taps and hey presto all is good.

Hope this helps other divvy owners of course could still be corroded contacts as my ignition contacts were corroded after last winter and also switches worth a check too.

Thanks for the help it led to me my solution and saved me a fortune.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010

  • eisaz83 Feb 26, 2011

    hi guys,

    the same problem with only oil light coming up when hitting the start button. I bridged the solenoid points and the engine started turning. i took the starter switch apart thinking the problem may be there but now have a problem with putting it back together! Would anyone be able to send me a photo the switch inside as a guideline of xj600 99' ? Also, it doesnt seem like the switch itself is a problem - any clues what should i do next? As you can probably guess i have very limited knowledge regarding fixing so any help the more descriptive the better would be very much appreciated. thanks

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