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post #1 of 6 Old Jul 25th, 2008, 2:27 pm Thread Starter
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Tech Help around Columbia, SC

Hello everyone;
I have an 02 LT that has a starting problem. All lights come on, battery measures 13V, but when you hit starter switch nothing happens.
I can roll start with no problem, however after compleating a 2000 mile trip doing this, it gets old.
Does anyone in the local area ever had this proble or worked on solving this problem? I believe it might be the relay due to the fact that a couple of years ago this same thing happened and Touring sport fixed it. I would like to do this repair myself.

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post #2 of 6 Old Jul 25th, 2008, 8:58 pm
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Re: Tech Help around Columbia, SC

Listen to see if you can hear a click when you hit the starter. If so it means the relay is not making good contact. I had one that was the result of a low voltage melt down and I had to open the relay housing and trim some melted plastic out of the way before it would work again.

The fix is relatively easy the hard part is getting to it as it is in a box under the fuel tank.

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Re: Tech Help around Columbia, SC

John:

Thanks for the info. The is a click or almost a clunk when I hit the starter button. think that the relay has been replaced once before. Do I have to remove all the tupperware?

Thanks again, and have a great weekend.

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Unfortunetely, Yes, all the upper tupperware and the stingray and the seat mounting bracket have to come off in order to pull the tank and get to the relay box...Everything north of the tip over wing covers...

Once again, none of this is difficult, just intimidating the first time. Then it's old hat when you figure out there's really nothing to it.

If you haven't done it you might as well do the fuel filter and air filter while you're in there and you won't have to go back for a while. I'd probably change the brake light relay as well as mine just had to be changed recently...

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I had a low voltage problem with my 99 and purchased the updated relay and replaced it myself from the information found in the tech forum. It was easy fix considering the time to remove the tupperware to get to it. I live in the Columbia airport area and will assist, if you want to do it yourself. Send me a pm.

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Re: Tech Help around Columbia, SC

Thanks all for the information. I kind of figured the realy was the problem. Now I just have to find the time to do the repair

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