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Old 24 July 2006, 14:15   #1
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Suzuki DF115 - Starting Problems

Can anyone help solve a technical glitch. Paul & Son are currently going around England and Wales (see report under Cruising thread) and they are having a problem with starting the engine- gear lever is in neutral.

It's not an engine fault but seems to be the inhibitor switch/ gear lever problem. They have managed to start it today by 'jiggling' the gear lever, until it starts.

Does anyone know if there is a quick and simple way of by passing the inhibitor switch (with a bit of hot wiring perhaps????)

They are obviously mobile currently, but would like to get it solved before it fails completely and so continue on with the journey.

Many thanks

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Old 24 July 2006, 14:41   #2
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There's two switches as far as I remember (on my DF90). One is a 'neutral' switch in the control box, the other is at the end of the throttle/gear linkage cable under the cowling. On the engine side it is a very simple microswitch which activates when the gear arm is in neutral. Could be that it is out of alignment. I would think the easiest one to try and hotwire would be the engine end and just bridge the contacts. Not sure about the control box end, but I could have a look at the wiring diag if needs be.

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