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My engine shut off at an inter section when waiting the red light. The check engine light is on when psuh the start button, it does not crank. I have to hire a tow truck to get it home. The engine was misfiring for a while and I tried to rush hoke but I did not make it. Later I found out the groud cable was loose and there were plenty spark burnt marks around the terminal. May be the misfiring caused by the loose ground connection. I would like to know if some damage in the engine or the electronics were done or may I can simp;y reset the falut code and start the engine.Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Many battery cables have come loose.
I don't believe any sustained any long term damage.
Tighten the connection, put a charger/maintainer on it until battery
charged and ride.
 

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The check engine light is on and engine can not crank

Many battery cables have come loose.
I don't believe any sustained any long term damage.
Tighten the connection, put a charger/maintainer on it until battery
charged and ride.
Thanks for the advice. I have done these, the check engine light is on and the when pushing the start button nothing happens. Looks like I need to clear the fault code in the engine controller.
 

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did you clean the cable and the battery post.... like both positive and negative........
do NOT use a screwdriver to tighten the battery bolts.. use a Wrench......
the VTX has been known to loosen the battery bolts... more than 10 years now. and most likely 80 percent of all VTX has had this happen...

computers do NOT like intermittent power fluctuations ... trying to ride it like that is NOT a good idea...

re-check the Run/Stop switch on handle bars. side stand.
and when was the last time you Cleaned the starter switch.. should be done every 2 years.
again another very common problem. VTX, Goldwing...etc.
 

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There is nothing in the ECM to prevent cranking.
Starter switch(most common failure), starter relay circuit must be checked.
Clean the starter switch: Starter Button Maintenance on Valkyries
>>Same switch as the VTX<<

Starter/Bank Angle Sensor fuse on the White/Black wire--10amp. Right side.
Check 30amp fuses on left side.

Once you get cranking established this error code table may be of use
if you still have problems...CRANKING FIRST....
http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/resources/ecu-error-codes-vtx-1800/
 

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Low Oil Pressure light is on

There is nothing in the ECM to prevent cranking.
Starter switch(most common failure), starter relay circuit must be checked.
Clean the starter switch: Starter Button Maintenance on Valkyries
>>Same switch as the VTX<<

Starter/Bank Angle Sensor fuse on the White/Black wire--10amp. Right side.
Check 30amp fuses on left side.

Once you get cranking established this error code table may be of use
if you still have problems...CRANKING FIRST....
http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/resources/ecu-error-codes-vtx-1800/
Thanks again for the advice. I checked with manual, actually it is the low oil pressure light is on when I turned on the key sitch. I mistakenly thought it was check engine light. I will check all the switches mentioned in your post and to see if any switces are bad.
 

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Thanks every one for the very valuable advice. I checked the starting circuit and found out the start relay is not working. I therefore took it and tried again off the bike but it suddenly started working. I put every thing back, all the problems seems to be gone. I think it is probably a sticky relay contact and after I took it off and shook it a little bit during the process and it loosened. I will keep an eye on the relay and be prepared for potential problems in the future. I realy hate this type of problem - without fix any thing, it started working again.
 

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I think two 1800's in the last 2 years had corrosion on one of the starter relay push-on
connections and that prevented starter relay operation.

The usual start issue is the starter switch. The starter switch has
a slider bar(shunt) that does double duty as a headlight interrupter.
The constant load and some dirt = resistance = creates heat..

Clean that starter switch asap.
 

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Good pratice.

I think two 1800's in the last 2 years had corrosion on one of the starter relay push-on
connections and that prevented starter relay operation.

The usual start issue is the starter switch. The starter switch has
a slider bar(shunt) that does double duty as a headlight interrupter.
The constant load and some dirt = resistance = creates heat..

Clean that starter switch asap.
Thanks for the advice, I will do it ASAP to prevetn furture problems.
 
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