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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:16 pm    Post subject: ATV, Kawasaki Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi , this is probably not the proper place to be asking this question. Someone might suggest another forum. I have a Kawasaki, Bayou 220 that must have a dead short some where's in the wiring and I cannot locate. When connecting the battery after connecting the postive wire, then hooking up the ground, it instantly blow's the 20 Amp fuse, replaced the selenoid, checked all the wiring. Asking for suggestions, what to do next. Thanks, Murray
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: ATV, Kawasaki Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is no simple answer to finding a short. A wiring diagram would be helpful. That would give you an idea what is on that circuit and the direction the circuit goes. Then you can start disconnecting each component until the short goes away and be inspecting the harness as you go.

Being it's an ATV, good chance it is a burned or crushed wiring harness. Look underneath, any area that would be subject to damage from road debris. Look around the exhaust system for melted wiring. Check pivot points around the steering, suspension, storage compartment lids, etc. There are a lot of wires in the handle bars. Look where the wire harness goes into the handle bars, look where the accessories attach to the bars, has something been hit, come loose and twisted cutting the wires?

Here's a hint, steady poking fuses in is going to get expensive. Make a jumper wire to TEMPORARILY bypass the fuse but DO NOT LEAVE IT CONNECTED! You're only going to TOUCH it across the fuse and watch for a spark. As you go through the shorted circuit disconnecting components, touch the jumper across the fuse and see if it sparks. If it still sparks, it's still shorted. But be careful! If the jumper wire gets hot, your leaving it connected too long!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:55 pm    Post subject: Re: ATV, Kawasaki Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Another thing you can do to save on fuses is to replace the fuse with a 12V light (bulb). When the light is bright you still have a problem and when the light is dim the problem may be fixed. It will not draw enough current to blow the light.
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