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I have no working headlights and the starter won't work

The headlights and the starter won't work. I read another post which said it was the switch. Does the switch mean where you put the key in. If so, do i need to buy a whole new switch?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

On a VT1100, primary suspect would be the START button switch (not the ignition/key switch). The start button switch is actually made up of 2 switches:

  • in normal condition it switches power to the headlight dimmer switch;
  • when starting, power is switch OFF to the headlights to ensure that the starter gets all the power from the battery.
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Yes. new key swtich.

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