|Most of the tools stored on the bike. I mostly use the screwdriver and the nut driver.|
Max's seat can be easily removed. Easy to do.
|Undoing six bolts with a 10mm nut driver is all it takes to remove the seat.|
|With the seat removed, there's lots of goodies inside.|
In just a few minutes I was able to remove the starter relay. I temporarily violated my own rule as it became apparent that I could not get at the bolts on the relay from on top, but had to get at from the side. So I pulled out a small socket wrench to do the job. (Shame on me)
|The infamous starter relay or solenoid from Max. Don't see anything wrong with it, it's all sealed.|
The purpose of this "gizmo" is to provide a mechanism whereby the electricity going through the actual starter switch on the handlebar is much less than the electricity required to power the actual starter motor. I have replaced this on a car before, many years ago.
If you want to, note the small wires leading from the relay are the same color as the wires going through the starter switch on the handlebar as seen in the next picture. The bigger screw on posts on the relay are attached to bigger wires from the battery and then to the starter motor. I briefly looked at all these wires to see if they might be damaged. They all appeared to be okay.
|Looking inside the handlebar at the wires leading to the starter switch.|
Okay, to ease my guilt about using a tool not stored on Max, I steal a 10mm open end wrench from my tool cabinet and keep it with Max's tools.
|Theft of a 10mm wrench|
I then use that 10m wrench to out the relay back in the bike. I get the battery back tomorrow after an extended testing. Then I can start testing the relay and see if it is the culprit.
|My "gut" feel now is that this relay is the problem to starting Max|
Lets hope that it is the relay. It will be easy to replace. I might have to wait for shipment of the part since there is no dealer here in Wichita anymore, but should be easy to find the part.
|Oh, and by the way, I cut myself shaving the other day.|