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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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05 Nomad 1600 FI won't start

I have an 05 Nomad w/ 40K in Northern Virginia. It last started on 20 Dec. I tried starting it three days ago, engine turns over, sounding normal, several times it would fire. Choke on. In neutral. was thinking it was just cold air (30-40deg), so put some heat in the trailer.
But still would not start. Eventually I think the battery ran down, put a new battery in today but now i get no power at all.
Fuses ok. checked all connectors, as far as i can tell all connected.
any ideas?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2013, 09:51 AM
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Follow the positive battery cable back to its destination (starter solenoid) There you will find a fuse on top of the solenoid.
Also check that you have not reversed the cables on your new battery.

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2005 nomad FI wont start

SFAIR, It was the fuse at the starter solenoid. Thanks! Also determined I did not need to use the choke in cold weather, the 1600 likes a lot of fuel!
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That knob is not a choke, but rather a fast idle and it prevents engine stalling after the pre-programmed fast idle comes off after a few seconds, when cold.
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Even though a weak battey will turn the engine over, sometimes it does not make enoiugh fire at the same time to start the engine. My Goldwing is bad about that. Also the lower the voltage in the battery, the higher the amp draw from the starter. That is probably what blew your fuse. A little thing called Ohm's law.
Oops. Lower voltage = lower current. (battery internal resistance)That is why the starter turns slower.
Also, starter current does not flow through main fuse, so that is not the reason it blew.
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Ohm's Law E=I/R
Nopies. E=IR
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Kawasaki starters work by using magnetic fields generated by the armature interacting with permanent magnet fields. The more current flows through the armature, the stronger is the field which results in more power and faster rotational speed. Reduce the current, and the opposite happens.

You can demonstrate this by connecting a 6v battery to your bike. What would you expect to happen and why?
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I defer to your superior knowledge of physics.

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I defer to your superior knowledge of physics.
Rats! I was hoping for a little discussion here. It is always fun and entertaining with maybe a nugget thrown in here and there, but that would require two or more participants.
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Rats! I was hoping for a little discussion here. It is always fun and entertaining with maybe a nugget thrown in here and there, but that would require two or more participants.
I know I like following your posts, even if I don't know what is going on. I have learned a lot from such conversations.

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