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    2011 RT not starting.

    I searched the forum and can't find anything that sounds familiar. I have almost 19.000 trouble free miles. Last week the bike didn't start, when I turned the key on I could hear the fuel pump but no "engine check" triangles. The battery seems to be fine, the headlights are on, dash has mileage and radio works. But you get nothing! No starting whatsoever. This happened 2x while sitting outside and I put it back in the garage and the next day it was fine. Started up no problem. Now I find myself in the same situation. Rode it to work and now it won't start.

    Any ideas?

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    Starter button???

    Moisture getting in to it maybe!
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    You are probably a victim of the bad switches on the "improved" switch setup. We have had a number of riders I know have problems with the starter button on the same year-model bikes. Dealer run and probably a warranty setup.
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    no start

    my 2011 did the same thing,dealer came and got but when it got to dealer started right up,has been fine since,

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    Probably an example of the well-known late-model switch failure. I had the exact same thing happen, everything boots up fine but when the starter button is pressed absolutely nothing happens.

    A new switch and everything is fine.
    Dave

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    Thanks to everyone for the replies. I knew someone here would know what was happening. I got it to start and rode it to dealer without incident. Hopefully the new switch will last forever as this one was covered by warranty.

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    FYI- if it happens to anyone else- It's a heat related problem with the switch. The electrical contacts for the switch are thin strips which warp in the heat. That is why it is an intermittant problem and then it starts with no problem 30 minutes later. My service manager said if it happens you could blow on the switch with canned air like used to clean off computers and that will lower the temperature allowing a start. He said a big NO to WD-40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    FYI- if it happens to anyone else- It's a heat related problem with the switch. The electrical contacts for the switch are thin strips which warp in the heat. That is why it is an intermittant problem and then it starts with no problem 30 minutes later. My service manager said if it happens you could blow on the switch with canned air like used to clean off computers and that will lower the temperature allowing a start. He said a big NO to WD-40.
    As canned air may be hard to come by in most places, my dealer suggested covering the switch in a rag soaked in ice water. That worked when I needed it to.
    Dave

    '06 Triumph Scrambler (Trans-Labrador veteran)

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    Funny you say that because I thought I was crazy! When it wouldn't start and I figured out that it only happened in the sun after sitting, I couldn't think of what in the hell would be "temperature related." This is why forums are priceless.

    I love the way my dealer said "let me look at it, I've never heard of this before."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvickery2 View Post
    Funny you say that because I thought I was crazy! When it wouldn't start and I figured out that it only happened in the sun after sitting, I couldn't think of what in the hell would be "temperature related." This is why forums are priceless.

    I love the way my dealer said "let me look at it, I've never heard of this before."
    Did your dealer have a good or bad poker face when he said that?
    When I asked at the service counter of my dealership, I hadn't even gotten all my words out yet and he smiled and nodded and began explaining what it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32232 View Post
    As canned air may be hard to come by in most places, my dealer suggested covering the switch in a rag soaked in ice water. That worked when I needed it to.
    We've had heat advisories recently around here and ice may be hard to come by...

    Seriously, the only cans of air I've ever bought were large. Someone mentioned to me that Staples may have small cans, so if so, maybe we should keep a small one in a saddle bag.

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