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Author Topic: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas  (Read 1310 times)

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Offline baselpat

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Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« on: 05, November, 2012 - 13:18:40 »
In hindsight it was a accident waiting to happen. 

Today my C5 had been summoned to a Police test/MOT at the police motor vehicle testing centre, so thought I had better get the front light working.  So over the weekend the "quick"  job of finding and moving of the light circuit from the 24v ring to just one battery for 12V. Now, nothing on my C5 was fused when I brought it and was basically a job for when I got round to it.  All looked good on one battery, so added the second one.  The lights still tested ok.  Then I tried the the motor........  Having forgot to re-insulate one of the connecting blocks I in the 24v ring.  The C5 moved, and the cable moved and shorted the chassis  :-[ ........ Now I remember why fuses should have been higher up my list of things to do.  Much smoke appeared and room filled  >:( :-[  The end result was this lovely pile of melted cable:



Needless to say, even after a very quick rewire, the C5 failed the police check on number of points including sloppy wiring.

So remember kids  ;) , a fuse is for life, not just for Christmas.

Offline KarlG

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Re: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« Reply #1 on: 05, November, 2012 - 16:05:17 »
Sorry to hear that things didn't work out for you, hope it never happens to me. You had luck in your bad luck in as much the battery didn't go up as well.

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Re: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« Reply #2 on: 05, November, 2012 - 17:33:13 »
Ooooh ! :o  Fuses added to my wish list for Santa.

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Re: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« Reply #3 on: 05, November, 2012 - 19:19:59 »
Why did it have to go and have an MOT?

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Re: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« Reply #4 on: 05, November, 2012 - 19:33:45 »
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Why did it have to go and have an MOT?

A standard C5 is not road legal here in Switzerland, and is classed as a "Small Motorbike" which requires insurance and a numberplate which in turn a yearly police test is required.  The previous own didn't bother, so my C5 became a "lapsed" registration, so I am being fully tested etc, rather than a quick check just to get my recent purchase back on the road legally.

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Re: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« Reply #5 on: 05, November, 2012 - 19:58:53 »
Blimey - Glad we don't have to go through that over here  :) - Good luck with the wiring - can almost smell the burning from those pictures !!!

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Re: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« Reply #6 on: 05, November, 2012 - 20:02:25 »
Ah I see! Thank you

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Re: Fuses are for life, not just for Christmas
« Reply #7 on: 06, November, 2012 - 11:03:03 »
Pity that all bikes here don't have to be registered, then it would lessen the instances of red light jumping, pavement cycling, wrong way cycling,unlit cycling etc etc that one comes across absolutely daily.