Battery cable lug fracture are a known problem on the UCEs- many of us, including myself, have experienced this first-hand. I chalked it up to a bad batch of lugs, but today I've seen the error of my ways.I put a new gel battery and Battery Tender cable on my B5 about 3 months ago. Today, I tried hooking up my Battery Tender to my previously installed cable, but I wasn't getting a charge.I took off my battery cover and what do I see? A broken negative battery cable lug, off of the Battery Tender cable. I hit my friendly NAPA autoparts, bought some new lugs, replaced the old ones, reinstalled everything, and now it works perfectly.After today, I'm going with metal stress from motorcycle vibration, as opposed to manufacturing defect. RE, you have been absolved.
SUMMARY:Porsche is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 vehicles manufactured from March 7, 2012, through November 12, 2012, and equipped with a standard (not sport) exhaust system. The exhaust tail pipe may fracture and separate from the rear muffler.CONSEQUENCE:If the exhaust tail pipe separates from the muffler it may become a hazard for other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.
Wildbill - why not?Is it so unlikely? Isn't this a safety issue? Would anybody argue that having your motorcycle engine randomly quitting would never increase the risk of a crash? If it's good enough for Porsche, and indeed every other vehicle manufacturer...
I'd like to see a consensus, but it seems like most of the cable end problems are on C5s. Bare
I'd like to see a consensus, but it seems like most of the cable end problems are on C5s. I don't see any G5 mentioned. Maybe the ground wires are set up differently. Any thoughts?Any G5s with the problem?As for the Porsche problem losing tailpipes, I haven't heard of too many cable ends being dropped in the road threatening other vehicles or drivers. The only bikes I've had much trouble quitting in traffic, particularly at high speeds, were Triumphs. (Bad Crankshaft Position Sensors). I've had 3 or 4 of those go bad, usually more than once. And when it happens in the carpool lanes at 80, it ain't fun!!Bare
- "bikes... quitting in traffic, particularly at high speeds..." are dangerous. Enough to warrant a recall on the parts?
i agree as i experienced it Friday.ever try to maneuver an ill running motorcycle over 2 lanes of commute traffic
If they did have a recall, they would just replace it with the same weak connector that's already on there.
I think if I had a C5 that's apparently prone to the problem, I'd reroute the the ground wire to a different site an the frame where the vibration might be a different frequency.Bare
Kawasaki has issued a recall for the W800 due to defects in the electrical wiring and throttle body holder.The recall applies to one model of the W800. It apples to 5,973 bikes built from December 17, 2010, to December 4, 2015.For the electrical wiring defect, the wiring isn't installed properly and there is friction between wiring and parts of the frame. Over time, the wiring's coating could wear away and cause a short circuit. In a worst case scenario, this could cause the engine to die while riding...As a measure to rectify the electrical wiring defect, all models are undergoing inspection and damaged parts are being replaced. In addition, a new protective cover is being added and the routing is being changed...There have been 11 reported problems due to the defect but no accidents reported...
I considered a Dubya.
I'd like to see a consensus, but it seems like most of the cable end problems are on C5s. I don't see any G5 mentioned. Maybe the ground wires are set up differently. Any thoughts?Any G5s with the problem?
The question of whether this is a model-dependent issue was raised in a previous thread: https://forum.classicmotorworks.com/index.php/topic,22726.0.html....titled "High Speed Stutter". Back then it seemed that predominantly C5 owners were encountering the fatigued battery terminal issue. Maybe someone smarter on the inter web than me could set up a poll on this forum to determine of the three UCE models (C5 / B5 / G5) how many owners of each type has had battery terminal problems?My tuppence worth (and it is probably not even worth tuppence) is that there are different vibration modes in the different frame types. Somehow the C5's vibes are hitting the battery terminal's sweet spot.Happy Christmas everyone!
I think it's a wire thing or terminal material thing of late. Reason I say that is C5 owners were not reporting it in the first few years, B5 and G5 owners are not that I know of and it was not an issue on the Iron Barrel and AVL machines.
I replaced mine and used a piece of old inner tube like a big elastic band to hold the cable against the battery, obviously below the electrolyte check level.
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