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post #1 of 5 Old 09-20-2019, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Electrical woes on my GX 345

I was putting the GX 345 back together today and after I put the battery back in I am now getting a direct short. I traced it down to the VR connector from the ignition switch by unplugging connectors along the way and trying the switch as I went. Three fuses later I got to the VR connector and when it is unplugged there is no issue. Can a bad diode in a VR cause a direct short? Do any of you know the procedures to test the diodes? Also, I found a YouTube video but it was a VR with two separate connectors, one of a black and red and one of two yellows.
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Re: Electrical woes on my GX 345

Not sure diodes fail shorted, you can test with an ohm meter. One direction is a short the other way is infinity. Electricity only goes one way through a diode.
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Never mind as Roanna RosannaDana said. I worked my way past the VR and the TDM and two sensors and finally after taking out a wire from the big connector one at a time I found the culprit. Each time I would remove one wire and try a new fuse. Blam! Over and over it went. I finally undid the carb solenoid wire and that did it but not without a twist. What had happened was that I had to replace the valve cover gasket on the left side and the carb solenoid wire got caught between the head and the valve cover when I tightened it. It then shorted out after an attempted start where everything worked ok. What was so maddening is that I disconnected the carb wire but it still shorted out. Only when I disconnected the carb wire at the connector did it stop. I then realized it had to be in the wire itself and there it was. There is absolutely no room on that corner for all the things that Kawa ran through there.
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Re: Electrical woes on my GX 345

Well Rudy as you well know, "Öit's always something..."

at 3:12 she'll tell ya


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She was annoyingly great!
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