Garrison

2004 Arctic Cat 500 4x4

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Hey Guys, I have a 2004 arctic cat 500. Having a problem with it and can’t find anything out. I rode it for couple hours, ran fine had no problems, turned it off for about 30min then went out started it, backed it out of the garage and as I let off the throttle to shift into High it died. Lights come on, the dash display light is on but it doesn’t show what gear, miles, hours, or how fast I’m going. It all disappeared but battery is still strong. I click the starter button and it doesn’t do anything, not even a click. It turns over when I pull start it but doesn’t start. Does anyone have any idea what to look for or anything? I could use the help, thanks guys! 

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Either  a  relay   or possibly the  neutral  safety  switch  has  failed,  or  something simple  like  you accidentally  hit the  kill  switch .  I  have  done that  and  took  me   a minute to realize that  was  all.....  I had accidentally activated the  kill  switch. All  that  cursing  for  nothing    LOL   Hope  that  was your  problem too....Easy  fix .  If  not,  fun time  chasing  down the electrical  fault.

 

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Ended up replacing the relays and the ignition fuse and it seems to have fixed the issue. Over thought a simple solution.

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Good to hear it was an easy fix. Schematic diagrams and service manuals are available for free if you need it in the future

 

Mike

 

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Hey guys!! So it’s been a bout a week or so, I replaced the ignition fuse and seemed to fix the problem, rode it couple times for 10 min or so and then today I’m using it to plow, been running for 2 hours plus and I blew another ignition fuse, replaced that one and prob 5 min later blew another one. Does anyone have a idea of why I keep blowing a ignition fuse!!? Could it be the starter going out? 04 arctic cat 500 4x4. Thanks and let me know what you think 

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Check  for a wire  with  a  small  bare spot  shorting  out somewhere  in the  ignition circuit .  It won't be  the  starter because there  is no  power to  it   except when you  are actually starting the  machine.

It  obviously  can't  be  a  continuous   short,  just one that  movement  occasionally makes   it connect  and blow the fuse .  It  could  happen  immediately  after  changing the fuse ,  minutes , hours  or even days  apart if  it  is in a  wire that  only occasionally grounds out.

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Agreed with that, typically wires short out by the steering column or where the wire harness crosses on the frame.

Since you have blown a few fuses, a small burn mark in the harness should be seen.

 

Mike

 

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