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Broken Ignition Switch....

Recently my bug hasn't been starting and i think its down to an electrical problem. When i reinstalled the battery after charging it the other day i discovered a red and yellow stripey wire dangling freely with a spade connector on the end connected to nothing...
i cant see where it should go, can anyone help?
thanks
:hangloose
 

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Not required; it's for the Diagnostic socket.

What exactly are the symptoms of the problem
with starting and what year ?
 

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:hangloose thanks speedy jim, the bugs a 72 1300, i bought it a couple of months ago as a light resto project and the recently rebuilt engine was running weet until... it only started starting at a few turns of the key, i assume its and electrical problem as the starter doesn't go. Eventually, it took more and more turns of the key to start and now wont start at all. Any ideas?
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If the starter doesn't crank, the fault is often with
the Ignition switch as they fail frequently.

Here's an easy way to determine which way to go:

Lift the rear seat and find the thick Red wire from the
Main loom which is spliced to another Red wire which goes
out thru the rear panel (to the starter).
With a short piece of wire, jumper this splice to the Battery (+) post.
(Make sure shift is in Neutral.)
If the starter cranks now, it's a pretty sure bet the Ign switch is bad.

If still no cranking, get underneath and check the
spade terminal (Red wire) on the starter solenoid.

Last resort: Give the solenoid a good whack with the BFH. :D
 

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thanks again speedy jim, i had a bash at jump starting earlier and the engine started eagerly, it looks like i'm going to need a new ignition switch :(
but at least i've diagnosed the problem :hangloose
 

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The horn push that looks like a "bat wing"?

If so, there is a plastic catch at each corner.
Pull the corner toward you with fingernails only
to avoid damage to catches.

If it's the round push, slide a knife blade under the edge and lift.
 

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Yep :D

27mm.

Tip: Loosen nut but do not remove.
Wiggle the wheel and pull hard.
The nut will save your dental work when the wheel lets loose.
 

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oops, too late, no dental repairs necessary though, luckily the wheel came off nice and easily! :crazy:
thanks for the advice, that site was very helpful, i've got the barrel out and have got the new switch on order :hangloose
 
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