Death in Vectrix
Help. After 10,000 km's with no problems my Vectrix is dead. She had been a bit grumpy about going up hills under load and on another thread it was recommended that I clean the encoder. Had not got around to doing that, foolish me. Anyway on Friday night going home complete meltdown, refused to go forward or backwards and with no throttle was making all sorts of noises like slipping , graunching clutch.Passer by thought it sounded like something wrapped around wheel. Anyway have just cleaned encoder and mirror carefully with blasts of air only. Reassembled everything . Key on,everything lights up except go sign. Key off, on again do the brake routine get the Go sign then she gives a lurch and everything go's completely dead. Now absolutely nothing....blank screen. Help, main fuse?
If nothing powers up at all - then yes it could be the main fuse
If you just want to reset the bike - look and reach up under the front fairing and you'll see two plugs - swing the retaining catches out of the way and pull them out count to 5 then plug them straight back in. If the fuse is not dead - then that will at least reset things (not as much as pulling the main anderson connector but you'd have to do some disassembly for that)
There are heaps of people on here that will be able to help you. So hang in there.
But i hope this is a start
Michael - just realised who you are (doh I wasn't looking at the post name.)
I'll email you and we can chat. Maybe I can help ?
Does it still make bad noises when being pushed with the electric system off?
Seems as if you have a MECHANICAL problem, with somethng loose or jamming in the motor/planetary gear area, and by continuing to try and make it work, you very possibly blew the fuse or the IGBT in the motor controller, or both! (Hopefully only the fuse!)--Do NOT attempt to apply power to a VECTRIX, if the rear wheel will not freely, and quietly turn with ignition OFF!--MORE damage is the usual result of such action! Carefully remove and dissasemble the rear wheel/motor/gear reduction unit, and check for foreign/loose objects, proper lubrication, and alignment of the parts. After the problem has been resolved, and all turns smoothly and normally, THEN you may disconnect the battery, replace the fuse and give it a try! (Use an "Inrush Current limiting device" when re-connecting the battery)--Good luck!
I thought from the title that this was going to be news about a fatal crash in a Vectrix...
It appears the problem is a mangled encoder disc. The disc seems to have partially come loose from the central boss and got bent. Encoder and mirror appear ok. We opened up the gearbox but all looks good. Does anyone know what viscosity the gearbox oil should be?
It would surprise me if this was making as much mechanical noise as you described.
Until proven otherwise, I would regard the "mangled" disk as a symptom, not the cause of your Vectrix' problem.
Are you sure you did not damage it during the cleaning?
Is the noise completely gone when you roll the Vectrix without the disk installed?
I helped michael take his V apart last sat. The back wheel (without the encoder assm) rotated with approximately the same force required to rotate my own (I purposely rotated my wheel by hand for comparative purposes before i left to visit him.
I have been advised by V staff that when the encoder disc is stuffed like this, it can sound like all hell has broken loose in there.
Taking the gearbox apart did confirm that there are no underlying gearbox issues, although we'll certainly check the motor/gearbox mounting bolts now for sure !