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Electrical issue
Written by samuel.parro... on 6/30/2010 at 04:35 pm

Thank you guys so much! Turns out it was just the main fuse under the seat!
Just goes to show you that you should probably have the manual with you (left
mine on my computer at home the other day) when you plan on touching something
you don't know everything about. But, you gotta learn somehow, right? Thanks
again, so much, for all your help. Hopefully one day I'll know enough about
this bike to help someone else out.

-Sam

oh, and the switch I used was a 25A 12VDC Illuminated Rocker Switch, item #
275-0013. Works great now, being held in place in a piece of plexiglass where
the original switch used to be, and with all the contact points covered up!

--- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "unlikelyloginname" <unlikelyloginname@...> wrote:
>
> Sam,
>
> There is a 30A main fuse on the starter relay under the seat. If it went out
then you wouldn't have lights, horn, or anything else. Sounds like you'll need
to look elsewhere.
>
> The schematics for the various model years are available at:
>
> http://www.directcon.net/lcshepp/PC800SMChapter19.html
>
> Tip: Including your model year, or that of your PC, in your posts is helpful.
>
> Oddity: When you press the starter switch the headlight should go out.
>
> Pop questions: The side stand is down, correct? Does pulling in the clutch
lever change the behavior?
>
> Working from the 1997/8 schematic, the black wire at the engine stop switch
should be hot when the ignition switch is on. When the switch is set to "run"
it feeds power to the black/white wires at the ignition coils (behind the left
air duct/maintenance lid) and the black/white wire on the starter switch.
Pressing the starter switch then forwards it on, via the yellow/red wire, to the
starter relay.
>
> Does any of that help?
> Seth
>

Message Thread for message #94601

"PCSG Ltd."
2/8/1999, 06:36 pm
Fw: PC800: Waving
Hi Rod, Will do.... Should make him 'throw up' for the third time! lol Job Sussex Coast ---------- > > From: recarey1@mmm.com > > To: pc800@hpc.uh.edu > > Subject: Re: PC800: Waving > >
dmc42421
8/13/2002, 09:09 pm
Electrical issue
Have my '90 PC800 for three weeks. One problem has surfaced. I am riding along and bike starts sputtering and coughing. I did not recoginze this as electrical issue at the time (I do now remember the tach going wacky, though). Anyway, I nurse

    literidr
    8/13/2002, 10:33 pm
    Electrical issue
    Hey Dave, These symptoms see to come up from time to time. The most likely cause is your battery connections. They are probably loose. If they seem to be tight, take them loose and clean the surfaces with a knife, a wire brush, or some

      n4hhe
      8/13/2002, 11:19 pm
      Electrical issue
      On Tue, Aug 13, 2002 at 10:33:52PM -0000, literidr wrote: > Hey Dave, > > These symptoms see to come up from time to time. The most likely > cause is your battery connections. They are probably loose. If they > seem to be

    lcshepp
    8/14/2002, 08:21 am
    Electrical issue
    Hi Dave, With the tach going wacky and some of the other symptoms, I'd guess your regulator is getting ready to die. Mine did on my '90 with many of the same symptoms as you describe... -- Leland Placerville, California, USA

    lcshepp
    8/14/2002, 08:23 am
    Electrical issue
    Hi again Dave, One other point: the regulator may well test fine even though it is bad. I did the resistance tests specified in the service manual on both the new and the old regulators and they were very close. But the old regulator h

    thfwsf
    8/14/2002, 06:59 pm
    Electrical issue
    Dave, I see you've already received some very good responses. The only thing I would add is if you think it's your battery, take it into a local automotive parts dealer (like Autozone), they will usually test your battery for free.

    cameron19444
    9/9/2008, 01:02 pm
    Electrical issue
    Shortly after my cross-country trip, I had a bit of an issue with the battery, which I believed was taken care of with use of the Battery Tender over the course of the next couple of days. I went to start the bike this morning after getting t

      troy.ohio_pc800
      9/9/2008, 02:18 pm
      Electrical issue
      The Battery Tender is only reading surface charge because it's not a load tester. Did you check the battery terminals for tightness of bolts and clean contacts?

      larry_n_butler
      9/12/2008, 03:40 am
      Electrical issue
      Cameron- This sounds exactly like symptoms I experienced on my ride to Daytona Bike Week this year. At a gas stop in South Carolina, after filling I got the same responses you described. After pushing the bike away from the pump and checking

        cameron19444
        9/12/2008, 07:51 pm
        Electrical issue
        Larry: I initially checked the battery connections and they felt tight, though I must admit they may have some corrosion I couldn't see. Looking at my maintenance schedule, it doesn't look like I've replaced the battery since I bought

    fom1038
    9/13/2008, 04:19 pm
    Electrical issue
    Go to Wal mart and buy a new battery . I went thru the same problems and tried new batteries and cleaned the terminals , and still did not feel safe to venture out on a long trip . If you do end up with battery trouble on the road there is al

      cameron19444
      10/27/2008, 11:56 am
      Electrical issue
      It has returned! Went to start it this morning and the instrument panel lights were all lit. Hit the starter and heard a click and then nothing. No lights, nothing. I had replaced the battery when the problem first appeared, and put th

        cameron19444
        10/27/2008, 01:32 pm
        Electrical issue
        I've been back out to try again, but now I get nothing with the ignition switch on. Can this be a bad starter relay? --- In

          two65corvairs
          10/27/2008, 06:14 pm
          Electrical issue
          Relays are generally very long-lived. But conenctions to them can become dirty or loosen, developing high resistance which if prolonged can result in a "no current flow" condition. So, directly under the seat, pull the re

            cameron19444
            10/27/2008, 08:36 pm
            Electrical issue
            They were a bit corroded when I had the problem the first time and I added some grease to them and reconnected. Problem seemed to go away then, but now it's back. I checked the connections again and they seem fine - and still have the

              oldgrayfatguy
              10/27/2008, 08:48 pm
              Electrical issue
              You probably already tried this - but pull both battery connections, clean them really good and then tighten them really really tight. Keith Hoffman Goshen IN --- In

                cameron19444
                10/27/2008, 09:13 pm
                Electrical issue
                It always turns out to be the easiest thing! I assumed (and I'm still learning what assume means every day) that the mere installation of a new battery and ensuring the battery was charged, would remove "battery" from the equati

                  sr139fox
                  10/27/2008, 11:44 pm
                  Electrical issue
                  I had similar problems on several cars I owned over the years. I use to jump the starter relay to start the car. Usually with a screw driver. I don't know if an old timing light with a pushbutton starter or maybe make a remote push button sta

    samuel.parro...
    6/29/2010, 08:48 pm
    Electrical issue
    So I've gone and broken something while in the process of fixing something... Seems to happen a LOT to me, haha. Many months ago the Engine Stop switch quit working on me, and being the poor college student I am I simply bypassed it complete

      douglasvanb
      6/30/2010, 01:12 pm
      Electrical issue
      Did you give a peak to the fuse underneath the seat? Have you probed the terminals for the kill switch to see if you're getting any voltage up there? I understand the poor broke college student thing all too well. Which RadioShack

        samuel.parro...
        6/30/2010, 03:14 pm
        Electrical issue
        Haha, didn't even realize there was a fuse under the seat. Upon closer inspection, however, I did find the source of the problem, and managed to REALLY go and break something... It was a fuse that I don't know how I missed, replaced it and it

          unlikelylogi...
          6/30/2010, 03:49 pm
          Electrical issue
          Sam, There is a 30A main fuse on the starter relay under the seat. If it went out then you wouldn't have lights, horn, or anything else. Sounds like you'll need to look elsewhere. The schematics for the various model years are avai

            samuel.parro...
            6/30/2010, 04:35 pm
            Electrical issue
            Thank you guys so much! Turns out it was just the main fuse under the seat! Just goes to show you that you should probably have the manual with you (left mine on my computer at home the other day) when you plan on touching something you don'

    kylepreston169
    8/15/2012, 01:13 pm
    Electrical issue
    Good Morning, A friend of mine just got a 98 pc800 it had been in a toss and snapped off right side mirror. the owner fixed it and replaced the mirror sold this PC to my friend. He pulled the mirror yesterday to check to see if there was any

      tomrhoades43
      8/15/2012, 01:59 pm
      Electrical issue
      The fuse box is located on the left side of the bike. Remove the air vent cover and the left side panel and yo will find it. Tom --- In

        kylepreston169
        8/15/2012, 04:18 pm
        Electrical issue
        Looks like I will be looking to see whats what. In the electrical diagram in the manual it does not show a fuse box. Curious Thanks Kyle --- In

          alfr4d
          8/15/2012, 05:29 pm
          Electrical issue
          No way that you will have to remove the side panel. The fusebox is under the left air-duct and inspection cover, that has no screws and slides off to eight a clock. This is the placement of the fuses as described only at the bottom of

            yankeesmuggler
            8/15/2012, 05:51 pm
            Electrical issue
            It's easier to work on the fuse box for the first time if you remove both parts as suggested earlier. There is a release catch that is accessed easier, and you can see what you are doing better, if the side panel is also off. Some guys used t

    besmith51
    6/24/2017, 08:29 pm
    Electrical issue
    '90 PC with 52k miles and the "hot wire mod" for the past 10 years or so.  Turned the ignition on and read 12.7 on the voltmeter.  Pressed start and the bike went completely, electrically dead.  Now, if I turn the key jus

    Keith Hoffman
    6/24/2017, 08:38 pm
    RE: PC800: Electrical issue
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