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I have an artic cat 500, 2005. When I turn the key on the…

I have an artic...

I have an artic cat 500, 2005. When I turn the key on the engine hot light immediately comes on and stays on even though the engine is cold. 'what may be the problem please?

Mechanic's Assistant: Is the bike in "Park" or "Neutral?" Do you know if your bike has a "wheel lock" feature?

The bike is in neutral. Don't know if it has a wheel lock feature. It does have a brake lock.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model of your '05 motorcycle?

It is an ATV, artic cat 500 - year model 2005

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your bike yourself? What have you tried so far?

I am going to try to fix it myself. All I have tried is to check the radiator fluid. I am going to drain the gas tank, replace with new gas. Remove the shroud around the radiator, clean the radiator fins, check the thermostate and proceed from there.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Not that I can think of.

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Initially, let's try check and review the basics. Proposed preliminary tries (if have not been done) and even if just for test purposes:

  • • check the thermo switch;
  • • ensure that none of its wires may have been pinched to frame/engine ground;
  • • trace/check/clear the green/white and/or green/blue wires.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I haven't tried those suggestions yet. I am bi-vocational and only have a limited time to work on my machine. I plan on doing some work on it this weekend. I'll let you know.
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