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 Post subject: Clutch Switch Replacement
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:35 am 
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The switch that gets triggered when the clutch lever is pulled back, allowing the starter to work with the transmission in gear, has stopped working on my 2009 Rebel. I looked it up in the Clymer's manual but I could not find anything saying how you get to it to replace it, or how much needs to be replaced (just the switch vs more of the left hand grip assembly). javascript:emoticon(':cry:')

Since the bike is only 6 months old with 2100 miles on it, I'll likely take it back to the dealer for a warranty repair, but it would be nice to know how one replaces the switch in case it happens again. If it is easy to replace, I'd rather order the part and install it myself rather than let the bike sit at the dealer's repair shop for a while.

Anyone have some advice or instructions to share?

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Kit
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:44 am 
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Check the wires. Sounds like they got un plugged. Never heard of one of those switches going bad especially on an 09'

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:56 am 
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I'll check the wires but I'm pretty sure it is the switch. Up to the point where it stopped working, the clutch leaver action always had a smooth feel to it. Then last weekend I pulled the clutch leaver in once and it felt like there was a momentary snag or catch in the motion. Afterwards the leaver felt different, like it was a little looser or something. I looked it over but couldn't see anything wrong with it. Then the last two days I had to do a fast restart after staling the engine in traffic and the starter wouldn't work with the tranny in gear. I got it into neutral and it started right up. Clymers has a circuit diagram that shows a switch failure could cause that.

That's why I'm thinking the switch broke.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:08 am 
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If the switch is def. bad, by all means have it done under warranty. It's just weird hearing one went bad so soon or at all. :?

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Here you go:


http://www.rebel250.com/rebelforum/view ... hp?t=18392

one of the links toward the end.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:39 am 
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I thought something was wrong with mine also, but it turns out it was just unplugged when i moved my handlebars up. But obviously you would see that if it was. I'd just take it in and have them fix it if its not unplugged.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:41 am 
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I looked at mine and can not see how to remove it.
Duke, couldn't find that link showing how to remove that switch. It should be something simple tho.

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bB2NER wrote:
I looked at mine and can not see how to remove it.
Duke, couldn't find that link showing how to remove that switch. It should be something simple tho.


Just because you couldn't find a way doesn't mean it's impossible. ;)

Here's the link: http://www.rebel250.com/rebelforum/viewtopic.php?t=3621

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:28 pm 
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Unless its just a disconnected wire:
Take it in, make them fix it.
I know what you're saying about learning to do it, and not particularly liking to let the dealer handle your bike.
But the other side of the coin is, if the dealer ends up doing a LOT of these sort of 'adjustments' during the first year of ownership, he's going to start to question the quality of the initial setup of the bikes before they leave the shop. Might be that, after a dozen or so of these, he might just have a little chat with the setup crew, cause he's losing otherwise billable time doing these minor adjustments.

One could hope, anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:32 pm 
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After all that, another inspection showed it was indeed a loose connection. The way the wires plug onto the switch could be better contrived - they don't snap on very securely. The connection is a bit exposed. I was able to loosen up the connection again pretty easily after putting it back together properly. At least I know where to look now and how easy it is to fix it should it happen again.

Thanks for the help and the link!

- Kit


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:11 am 
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tbolt wrote:

Just because you couldn't find a way doesn't mean it's impossible. ;)

Here's the link: http://www.rebel250.com/rebelforum/viewtopic.php?t=3621
Never said it was. :wink: I would like to know how that switch comes out tho. That link has no instructions on clutch switch removal.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:08 am 
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There's one screw through the middle of some of them. Other's are latch and tab affairs. Some have two screws. I never wrote any instructions for them because there are more than one type, and because all three types are fairly self-explanatory.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:15 pm 
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bB2NER wrote:
Check the wires. Sounds like they got un plugged. Never heard of one of those switches going bad especially on an 09'

Good call bB2NER. If the terminal connectors are a little loose on the terminals and tend to get knocked off easily ... can take a pair of needle nose pliers and tweak the connector slightly to help them lock on better, but don't overdue it or they wont slide back on.
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