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2007 kaw.LT 2000. Had bike three years ago off the show room new spring 2009. after 6 months on road mechanic didn't find what was wrong and replaced key switch finding original mount was loose and connection might have gotten wet in the rain? So Key switch on tank replaced once. New battery strong. Start switch is in right handle bar and kill switch above and next to it. Has electric fuel kit which usually can be heard engage and ready before starting but no sound after turning key on occationally. Press starter button nothing happens occationally. Only way to start then is to turn on then off then on again before pushing starter button, until the other day it didn't start. First mechanic at dealership recommended doing this. (Very unprofessional.) Mechanics are tracing down from start button and saying how it's got a whole lot of other problems and new wiring possible as a result. It's not been diagnosed so how can that be the solution before the problem is discovered? Because they don't know what's wrong? I asked the service manager to use his expertise and personally find out. A friend and Honda mechanic said tighten down all connections first. Then check for a strong battery and than check the start button connection or relay switch then down the line to the starter connection. What are the possibilities to resolve this problem? A. B. C. or D right? What say u?

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    Tim Gondolf Mar 24, 2011

    Thanks, exactly right A>B>C>or >D. The advise you gave is printed out for my support to clearly show the manager again what I expect from his service work. I am going there now. Thanks again for this simple advise in doing the job right.



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Yes, the problem is a bad contact in the electrical system.
Yes, replacing the wiring before doing a proper diagnostic is a sign of a miserable expertize and bad customer service. Yes, they want to replace it because they don't want to check it - a long and fiddly job.
Yes, your friend is correct: you must check all the connectors first since they are the ones that are failing, not the wiring itself and yes, the procedure he recommended is the correct one. My suspicion is that the connectors to the relay for the starter are loose or corroded - check them first.

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