Week 41: 1st October

Got off to a bad start when the Atlas wouldn’t start on Monday morning. I’d left it for a three days and it tried but failed. Eventually all I had was a click from the starter solenoid. The lights didn’t even dim when I hit the start button so it seemed that no power was getting to the starter.

A week of VFR days…damn!

Took the starter off on Sunday and tried one off an RGS – same result, nothing! Decided to test the starter itself by hooking it up to the car battery and it spun up fine. I decided the starter is probably okay so investigated the starter solenoid. Having prised the casing off I see that it has overheated and one of the contacts started to melt. There was that horrid smell of burnt out electrics – hopefully that is the problem.

While I was in the engine I noticed that where I’d been running the motor without the plastic starter motor cover water had been draining down into the sprocket chamber. I’d thought it was dropping oil but it seems that it is probably water dropping out of the case. I also pulled out a piece of metal which sits in front of the sprocket. I think it is some kind of guard but I’m not sure how it is held in the case – might just sit in there but will need to check. Finally I checked out side play in the sprocket and sure enough it is coming back. That two washer fix isn’t going to last forever…

Checked the internet and the Bosch 0332 002 180 part seems less common than the 0332 002 150. I wonder if the final set of numbers relates to the amps – if so then maybe the Atlas ought to have the 150 rather than 180. I found out in Belgium that the Zane bikes have an 18 amp battery as opposed to the 14 amp on the Atlas. As luck would have it help is at hand as Hande from Finland has offered to send me a relay and sell me a mainshaft!

Every cloud has a silver lining hey?

Nick

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