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1992 timberwolf 250 2wd will only start if the neutral light is OFF


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picked up my third timberwolf 250 for my daughters.  these are great light weight little quads.


have a strange one for you.  the quad will NOT start in neutral.  it will start in first. 

if i lift up on the gear selector just enough to hear the little click (its not loud, sounds like a contact clicking, perhaps the neutral safety switch?) the light will go out, but it won't yet be in first either.  that is how i have shown my daughter to start it and she can.


id like to carry out whatever repair is needed.  i have the pdf of the shop manual but it doesn't really have a flow through diagram.


any help appreciated!  thank you.

i need to add something.  it feels like i can switch into another gear BELOW neutral.  

so if i switch to neutral, i can keep pushing the gear selector, and it has another click below the neutral.  the light stays on, and when i pull up into first it kind of feels like it has two positions it moves through to arrive at first.

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Since I am not familiar with the Timberwolf , I  can  only guess at a possibility from your description. My best guess is the neutral  switch or the mechanism that activates it is either loose or broken so that it is out of position. It may be a simple adjustment and tightening required.  Open  it up and have a look. Starting in gear  is unsafe, especially for a  young rider.

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  • 1 month later...

im back with more info.

first, the reason it felt like i could shift below neutral is because the shifter leaver was loose. thats fixed. 


but the main issue remains:  here is an update, 


1. the reverse indicator switch is broken down on the left side of trans. i dont think that affects the starting circut though. ive ordered the switch. 


2. it WILL START if its in neutral, but only i have the neutral switch unplugged. IE, the neutal light is OFF. 

so something about the neutral light being ON when im in neutral, stops the quad from starting. 

its like there something reversed somewhere. 


the quad is ONLY. supposed to start when the neutral  light is on but instead it will only start when its off. 

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switches are functioning properly. 

ive discovered something else. the reverse indicator light bulb is mia. so was the reverse switch. installed rev switch. 

had s bulb laying around, blew rev i dicator bulb immediately.  bulb mau be too wussy though  


anybody know where i get a replacement bulb?  this is for the little red bulb  the actual bulb  


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i tested the reverse position indicator light socket/receptacle and its showing 12.4 volts. the little bulbs i put in were rated for 2.4 volts. so i think that explains why they glowed very bright for a second then burnt out. 


so does anyone know where i can get a real reverse indicator light?  it would be the same as the neutral light id imagine

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Just replying here again.  The reverse light is all good fixed.


The main issue of only starting in gear is not solved.  im not super skilled at reading wiring diragrams nor troubleshooting wiring.  i thought i had it narrowed down to a relay.  ordered the relay but still not fixed.  quad will still ONLY start if the neutral light is off.  It is starting in gear, but wont start in neutral.

is it possible that a wire is reversed somewhere?  seeing as it is doing the opposite of what is supposed to be doing. 

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If I read the schematic right the neutral  light (19) and the path to  ground for the  starter button relay (11) should only be on when the neutral safety switch ( 20)   is closed.

That would indicate to  me the problem  is  in the mounting of the neutral  safety switch.  For  some reason the switch is open  when in  neutral   and closed when  in  gear.  There is either  linkage  not set right or  is it possible to  mount the switch  turned 180 degrees?

Disconnect the wires from the neutral switch and check  for continuity  in the switch ..  In  gear  it should be open  (  no reading   on the meter) and some  value  close to  0 when  in  neutral. 


YFB250 Service Manual - 7a894ceb-c5b6-4f18-a285-6e8cf99f52fd.pdf

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