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By Sarge McCoy
WHY CAN’T A RINCON
RUN UPSIDE DOWN?
I recently flipped my Honda Rincon
upside down, and now I can’t get it
to start without rocking it sideways.
People have told me my tip-over sensor
has failed. Sarge, what is a tip-over
sensor, and how do I repair this sensor
so I can start it without rocking it?
Private Wiley Coyote, if your Rincon
is an EFI model (you didn’t tell Sarge
which model you have— 25 push-ups, Boot!), you have a bank angle
sensor. If this sensor was bad, you
wouldn’t be able to start your Zooter
at all! The bank angle sensor has an
internal pendulum magnet that tilts and
turns the reed switch with a Zooter
angle of 70 degrees or more. This
in turn opens the engine stop relay,
killing the Zooter’s engine. Remove
the right inner fender cover and locate
the bank angle sensor. It should be
attached to the frame by two bolts.
Yours may have come undone or the
sensor has become stuck. Make sure
both bolts are attached. To test your
sensor, remove the right mounting bolt
and loosen the left mounting bolt just
enough so the bank angle sensor can
pivot. Position the bank angle sensor
in the normal position and turn on the
ignition switch. You should hear the
engine stop relay click. Slowly rotate the
bank angle sensor either left or right.
When you approach 70 degrees, you
should hear the engine stop relay click
again, indicating an ignition disengaging
due to what it thinks is a tip-over
situation. Anything less than above,
Boot, and you need to requisition a new
bank angle sensor from Supply. If your
Rincon is a carbureted version,
then I would look at water/dirt in
your float bowl clogging up your
jets. So, Boot, just how long have
you been “rocking” your Zooter
instead of fixing it the right way?
On your face and count off 50!
WHEELS VS. TIRE
I recently had my Kawasaki
Tecate 4 wheels powdercoated
white. My local service station
mounted them up for me. They couldn’t
get the bead to pop/seat all the way
up to the wheel. I was left with a 1-inch
gap between the tire bead and the
inside flange of the wheel. I wouldn’t
let the guy go over 36 psi. I didn’t want
my new tires destroyed. Should I have
gone for more pressure?
North Liberty, Iowa
Boot, front and center! Explain to
Sarge why you entrusted your Zooter
wheels to an automotive service station,
Did they strap the center of the tire
to force the air pressure to move the
tires’ beads outward? Did they even
lubricate the beads with bead lubricant?
First, Boot, powdercoating a wheel will
have no effect on tire beading. Second,
Boot, 1 inch away from the rim is where
the beadlock bead is located. The tire
must be forced over the beadlock to
seat properly. Third, Boot, double time
to Supply and requisition a ratchet strap
and tire bead lubricant. Fourth, Boot,
de-air the tire and remove the Schrader
valve from the valve stem. Fifth, Boot,
get the tire stinky hot, either from
the sun or a heat source (a kerosene
torpedo heater works well). Wrap the
tie-down strap around the center of the
tread. Ratchet down the center of the
tire to compress it. Sixth, Boot, apply
a generous amount of lubricant to the
tires’ beads and beadlock. Now, Boot,
you are finally ready to seat your tires’
beads. Apply air until it “bangs!” That
sound is the tires’ beads popping over
the beadlock. I have seen it take up
to 80 psi to seat a stubborn, cold tire.
Then, report at zero-dark 30 for field
maneuvers. You are setting up all the
platoons’ hooches! Dismissed!
I HEAR GRINDING
I have a 1985 Honda TRX125, and
there is movement in the axle, and it is
making grinding sounds when I ride it at
certain times. Is this the axle bearings?
And, is it in the axle tube?
Private Scissors, that “axle tube”
is the bearing carrier, and there are
two bearings and two bearing seals
inside. Your axle is moving because the
bearings inside that bearing carrier have
worn to the point that there is slide
slop in the bearing. A roller bearing is a
series of steel balls that roll in a grooved
channel, and the balls are held in place
with a cage. After extended use or
water/mud/sand entry, the balls wear
and the cage can break. When this
happens, Boot, the steel balls no longer
stay in their channel and can bunch
up, and you hear a grinding or cracking
sound when the bearing binds up and
releases. I suggest you immediately
stop riding your Zooter and have it
serviced with new bearings and seals.
If you wait until the bearings explode,
your bearing carrier may be damaged,
requiring replacement. Report to the
mess tent, Boot; you are clipper loader
for a week! Dismissed!
MY OUTLANDER LIKES TO
I just replaced the U-joints on my ’06
Can-Am Outlander 400 Max, and now I
have chatter at no-load cruising speed.
Could this be caused by not enough
grease in the slip-joint boot on the
Kingston, Ontario Canada
Boot, new CV joints (not U-joints)
should be greased at the factory. I
believe you have not fully seated the
half shafts in the differential, causing
a vibration. Jack up the Zooter,
slowly rotate the tires, watch the half
shafts rotate, and look for binding or
slippage indicating the shafts were not
re-inserted correctly. Because I am sure
you didn’t follow the service manual’s
procedures correctly, you are assigned
to the Motor Pool for a week of PMCS!