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I have a 1981 Yamaha 550 maxim, it is a great bike but has had an intermittant problem ever since i have had the bike (4 yrs) It cranks over good but sometimes won't fire until the starter button is released. When it acts up there is no spark at the sparkplugs during cranking but as soon as the starter button is released you will get spark and most of the time (amazingly) it will start but not all the time! Sometimes I have to push start it to get where I am going.

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When the starter is operated it zaps a lot of power. there is a component that 'boosts' the starter circuit during cranking but i cant for the life of me remember what it is called, sorry
im off to try and find it ;)

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