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    Did the problem start before or after you installed the new ignition keyswitch? There are 2 similar looking keyswitch assemblies (intended for different models) with the same plug that are not interchangeable...

    Did you replace the main fuse with the original spare or with a blade type in a pigtail fuse holder? The original "dogbone" fuses are notorious for becoming brittle over time and developing hairline cracks that prevent them from working. Some have even disintegrated when touched.

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    the top of the fuse lights up tester, the bottom does not light up. Is it supposed to?

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    dead bike started before replacing old with new ignition switch ordered for my 1980 cx500. Getting confused on the fuse type. replaced the original with one from auto parts store. the original look greenish about 1/8 inch wide. The store bought looks like a filament thin wire. Then lost the original spare and have several of the new type.

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    Pics might help.

    Quote Originally Posted by grunt View Post
    the top of the fuse lights up tester, the bottom does not light up. Is it supposed to?
    I'm not exactly sure what you mean. If one end of the tester is connected to ground (or any green wire) it should light up when the other end touches either end of the fuse. If it lights when you touch one end but not when you touch the other end the fuse is no good.

    Sometimes, due to age & vibration (everything is always vibrating) the "link" of a glass cartridge fuse will break off next to where it is welded to the inside of the metal cap. When that happens the fuse can look perfectly good but won't conduct electricity.
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    Trying hard to understand and use this site. most confusing but I don't give up. Trying to replace fuses, lots of sparks. Will borrow a trailer and take to repair shop.
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    Key position may have been problem, had to tell, memory becoming an issue. thanks for the tip. Still trying to navigate and understand this site. main fuse seems to be a problem, have blown several, lots of sparks. will have to take her into shop.

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    Most shops are not likely to see more than 1 or 2 of these bikes in a year so they probably don't have the knowledge to fix one of these bikes properly (or the willingness to learn how). That's just how it is when you own an antique vehicle. Maybe there is someone on the forum who lives near you and can come over and have a look....
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    Grunt,

    Fixing electricity is easier if you just think of it as if the electricity is water and the wires are pipes. If the pipes aren't connected the water won't go through. The voltage is the water pressure. The current is water speed. A fuse is a short piece of pipe that's designed to break if the water goes too fast in it. You wouldn't expect the water pressure at both ends of the fuse pipe to be different if the pipe is in tact. In the same way an electrical fuse will have the same voltage at both ends if the fuse is good.

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    Your question has probably already been answered.

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    sounds like he's in over his head and frustrated.
    SideCar Bob's great thread on settings. http://cx500forum.com/forum/general-...ould-make.html
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    Just an Old Rant not very Important: http://cx500forum.com/forum/general-...me-advice.html
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    Grunt,
    I'm having similar, I think, issues.
    Posting them, and my troubleshooting process on the thread titled "Bike quit...in midst of troubleshooting".

    Hopefully the mechanic will be able to fix the issue for you, but I can attest that these bikes are best when you can work on them yourself.
    Do you have a multimeter?
    best of luck with it!
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