Join Date: May 2009
Location: Barboursville, WV
Thank you all for the replies.
Thinking of it as a transistor makes a lot more sense. Its been a long time since I was forced to learn about them in college, but I remember the basic idea I think.
My fuel cut-off relay went bad and therefore would not engage the fuel pump. I shorted around it and the pump worked fine, so I just bought a relay from Radio Shack and put it in (the shop wanted $65 for the original relay!). I had to add a ground wire for one side of the coil, but other than that I hooked it up the same as the original relay. Now that relay engages as soon as the ignition switch is ON instead of waiting for the start button or a run condition. I don't have a problem with that other than not understanding why it is happening. Why did the original relay not activate until the bike was running when my Radio Shack relay engages the fuel pump as soon as I turn the key on?
1997 Honda Shadow Spirit VT1100C