20 Most Recent 1986 Honda VT 500 C Questions & Answers

where is the leak comming from??

1986 Honda VT... | Answered on Aug 30, 2009

steering sec is going to be 83 lbft/ftlbs
and wheel bolts are going to be 95 lbft/ftlbs

1986 Honda VT... | Answered on Aug 04, 2009

This is a link to American Honda Motors. They should have a download for the owner manual you seek. They had mine. :)

1986 Honda VT... | Answered on May 19, 2009

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

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


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



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


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.

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


Thanks for using FixYa.

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

Have a nice day mate.

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

stem is a vague reference to some front end part I assume, please explain exactly what u are replacing? Thanks

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Apr 23, 2010

I would add the following thoughts for consideration. Many things can cause this, some are, from a short driving cycle that doesn't allow the engine to fully warm up, to a faulty fuel pressure regulator, to leaking fuel injector/s or a carburator float bowl being overfilled, to worn engine parts, like piston rings, valve guides, faulty spark plugs resulting in poor fuel burn ect, ect. Basically it's gasoline getting from the top of the engine, into the bottom of the engine, where the oil sump is. Gasoline in the oil isn't good for it, or the engine, as it dilutes the oil & robs it of it's lubricating properties, resulting in accelerated engine wear & bad engine deposits. Best to change the oil & filter right away, review all the listed ideas & have the most likely checked out by a pro you trust. If your bikes mechanical condition is ok, but your driving cycle is short, after changing the oil & filter, try changing your driving cycle, or by taking your bike on a weekly 20 mile interstate round trip, to warm the engine & oil up competely, to evaporate condensation & any gasoline thats found it's way into the crankcase oil sump. Your ride will love you for it & the gas oder in the oil, will likely take a hike!!!! your bike is not good mechanically or u would not be getting fuel in oil. take it to a REPUTABLE mechanic and get it looked at .problem may be small and easy to fix. the longer you wait the worse it will get

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Jan 17, 2010

the choke is not turning off, or off soon enough. inspect and clean/adjust choke assembly, your carbs may be gummy

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Aug 09, 2009

I have a 94 magna that had the very same problem. I thought it was a problem with a stopped up carb or gas line but determined the battery connections had worked loose. Tighten the battery connections. Since you are there also check the fluid level in the battery. Only use distilled water to refill the cells NEVER tap water. You can buy distilled water at most grocery stores or WalMart for about a buck a gallon. Hope this helps.

Honda VT 500 C... | Answered on Jul 08, 2009

If it will not spin over at all I'd check the battery and starter connections and battery state of charge first .

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