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Jeff Policky
Jeff Policky, Motorcycle Mechanic
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Experience:  Yamaha Gold, Suzuki Gold, Honda Bronze, Polaris Bronze, BRP
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The ATV starts in reverse and not neutral, just had a new

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The ATV starts in reverse and not neutral
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: just had a new battery installed at the shop, they say I need to replace the neutral switch
JA: What is the model/year of your motorcycle?
Customer: I think a 2000 susuki quadmaster 500
JA: Are you fixing your bike yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am thinking about this and not yet as I just got it back from the shop and they want $400 to fix this issue
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: not that I can think of
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Louie replied 10 months ago.

Hi and welcome to the site, I’m Louie. Sorry you had to wait awhile but I’ll do my best to help.

Initially, "...starts in reverse and not neutral..." but would the neutral light come on?

Still, might exerpts from the Service Manual on the removable of the neutral switch provide insight / help you decide if pushing through with the DIY (do-it-yourself) repair ?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi Louie, I don't recall but think it does, I'll will look at it when I get home later. Thanks Rob
Expert:  Louie replied 10 months ago.

Yes please; post back with the info when able Rob.