Thanks for the additional advice. I am starting to understand these things.
Ignition is turned off if you hit the kill switch or if you close the
throttle and one or both of the carbs don't shut down. It seems the switches
(carb magnet switches, kill switch, throttle switch, etc.) are all working.
No ignition switch which leads me to believe this was a rental. Coil
resistances seem right, as do the charge coil and trigger coil resistances.
My 1995 Cougar has spark coil and CDI unit that look different from the
Panther, so I'm leery of interchanging components to identify the bad unit.
No sense in having two broken sleds. It's the manual from the Cougar I am
using to debug the Panther.
I now know there are two places you can put the jumper, and neither solve
I'll call around tomorrow and see what it costs to have it looked at and
what kind of estimate it would be to fix it. And to find out if they can
test the CDI or coil if I bring them in. Then I decide to buy some new parts
and replace myself or take it in...
> We just went thru this about a week ago. I wish I remembered the title of
> post, I would look it up for you. Anyway, Cats are somewhat famous for
> More times than not the problem is in the kill switch system. This
> key switch, kill button by throttle lever, also there is a switch hooked
> with the throttle lever pivot point. If you have a tether switch, that
> be a part of it. Even one more area of concern is if the carbs have a
> switch on them.
> No, these sleds don't have points.
> Start by pulling apart the connector under the *** boot on the
> coulumn. It is located just above the gas tank area and below the handle
> Cat used to give you a jumper that you plugged into the harness. When you
> apart this connector it eliminates all the handle bar swithches. If you
> have the Cat jumper, you can use any piece of wire or a paperclip etc.
> jump the two terminals together. Make sure you put the jumper in the
> that runs toward the engine. Now, see if you have spark.
> I'm not sure if jumping this also takes care of the carb magnet switches
> not. You can disconect them also, they have pull apart connectors on
> then jump the wires together, check for spark.
> Someone also said to pull the main harness apart where it comes out of
> engine next to the pull starter. You are supposed to jump a couple wires
> but I don't remember the colors. Perhaps someone else can tell us.
> What we are trying to do is see if the sled has spark but a switch
> defective. If you do all this and still don't have spark it could be a CDI
> or your stator plate.
> My guess from here... is there is a defective switch somewhere. Start by
> getting it to spark, then we can discuss how to determine which switch it