Honda VT 500 C - Recent Questions, Troubleshooting & Support


not sure but if you turn on the flasher any one will do you will hear a clicking noise and that is the relay unit you can then zero in on it that way . If the unit is broken and you need to find it to replace it then usually they are under the side covers ,under the seat in the tail section or under the front fairing , and to find this you can look up the manual on line or trace the wiring from the flasher switch or from the flasher bulbs them self

1985 Honda VT... | Answered on Dec 08, 2017


Clean and rebuild the carbs as a first step. Is it a ping, knock, or rattle?

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Sep 10, 2012


You ill need to take off your left engine cover, remove the flywheel, and replace the starter gear (part#5) and three rollers (part#13). This is your one-way clutch that allows your starter motor to turn the engine over. The gear mating surface has become rough or chattered and is not grabbing properly.Replace these parts and your starter motor will turn the engine over again. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/1983-honda-vt500c-shadow/o/m9690#sch421900

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Sep 18, 2011


The fan is designed by Honda to come on just as the needle touches the red zone, or just slightly before it.But if its not coming on then its problem with fan.It should come On.You can provide 12 volt to fan connections directly by external battery source and see, if fan starts and runs directly.If the fan runs by external 12 volt source then its problem with fan controlling relay under seat.But if fan is not running by external 12 volt direct source then its problem with fan and needs to be replaced.---------- But if fan checked out ok and fan relay looks fine and checked ok, 12 volt by meter, then its problem with thermostat.------ The thermo-switch that operates the fan is on the bottom of the radiator and the thermo unit for the gauge is on the side of the thermostat. The fan does not turn on until the coolant in the bottom of the radiator is up to a certain temperature. The coolant can be hot at the thermostat and much cooler at the bottom of the radiator.

You may want to drain the coolant and look inside the top of the radiator for corrosion or anything restricting the coolant flow. If it looks dirty, take the radiator off and take it to a radiator shop to have the inside cleaned.------------- Once the rad is completely flushed cleaned the coolant has to be refilled.------- This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Aug 20, 2011


while darbs seem to wear paticuliarly quickly i would say the local Briggs and Straton repair shop would have a good after market race darb kit that would improve both mileage and drag performance ! Make sure they give you a new muffler bering because its mandatory to replace both darbs and bering to maintain efficient drag times!

1985 Honda VT... | Answered on Jul 18, 2011


Check the main fuse on the starter solenoid. If it blows everything just shuts down. Follow the positive battery cable from the battery to the starter solenoid and replace the fuse. If that does not fix the problem remove the battery and have it load tested. A simple way to test for a broken cell in a battery (if you do not have a load tester) just jump the two starter solenoid terminals with a piece of wire or a screw driver, if there is not enough power to move the starter you may have a broken connection between the cells in the battery. Then you just need a new battery. My bet is you just need to replace the main fuse.

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Apr 20, 2011


Check ebay, there are a couple of bikes being broken at the moment. Ask the seller if the fairing brackets are available

1985 Honda VT... | Answered on Dec 03, 2010


replace neutral safety switch, that should take of the problem, being
the age of the bike . it is probaly worn to the point where adjustment
would be highly unlikely...........

1985 Honda VT... | Answered on Oct 24, 2010


Check your oil. If it is too full , change it. Occasionally the Honda's of that time would have the float stick and fill the engine with gas. There may actually be nothing wrong with your cycle , new bikes did this. If gas filled the cylinder and went into the exhaust you probably have a stuck float. If the problem happens again you may have to disassemble and clean the carburetors , replacing the float needles at that time. One good way to keep your oil from filling with gas is to always turn off your gas at the fuel petcock after riding. Be sure to check your air filter for gas/oil saturation and be sure to pull the plugs on your pollution tubes under the air box to drain the blow by.

1984 Honda VT... | Answered on Oct 23, 2010


1983-1964 modles took 3.5 liters or 3,7 qts

1985 Honda VT... | Answered on Aug 15, 2010


Hi,

try checking to make sure that you have spark at the spark plugs.

If you have no spark then you have a fault in your ignition system,
Check all your fuse's and check that you have fuel going to the carburettors.

Hope this helps, if you need further help just let me know

Thanks

Jason

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on May 27, 2010


The overflow bottle connects to the radiator.. Of your radiator don't have a cap and is sealed then fill the bottle.. If it has a cap open it and fill it there..

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on May 27, 2010


Hello,

Thanks for using FixYa again.

All you need to do is to mix coolant and water in your radiator. A 50/50 mixture would be nice. Make sure that you use distilled water.

I hope this helps. Thanks and good day.
HotRatchet

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on May 15, 2010


Hello,

Thanks for using FixYa.

The bottle that you are seeing is the coolant overflow catch bottle.

Have a nice day mate.
HotRatchet

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on May 15, 2010

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