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helmick111
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lost power

Postby helmick111 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:06 pm



my gl1000 lost all power. lights don't come on, nothing happens. replaced battery,still nothing. it was raining that day. what should i be looking at?



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virgilmobile
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Re: lost power

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:45 am

Main 30 amp fuse link (dog bone) in the trap door on the starter relay.
Battery power goes to it and up the 2 red wires.
Sometimes there's a replacement in the door.
It can also be bypassed with a heavy duty 30 amp blade type waterproof fuse holder.
If there's power on the red wires,suspect the ignition switch.
Power goes in on the red and comes out on the black to the fuses.

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Re: lost power

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:08 am

Don't just look at this fuse and assume it looks OK - take it out and examine it. Often they will have cracks that are invisible to the eye, but once it is removed, it will crumble in your fingers.

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Re: lost power

Postby SnoBrdr » Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:36 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Don't just look at this fuse and assume it looks OK - take it out and examine it. Often they will have cracks that are invisible to the eye, but once it is removed, it will crumble in your fingers.


I replaced mine with a breaker over 30 years ago.

Two weeks ago I replaced that breaker with a new one that resets after 10 seconds.

Got it off EBay was listed as a HD breaker, was under $6.

I think the dogbones get brittle over time, still have a bunch of those in the tool chest.

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Re: lost power

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:24 am

SnoBrdr wrote:I replaced mine with a breaker over 30 years ago.

Two weeks ago I replaced that breaker with a new one that resets after 10 seconds.

Got it off EBay was listed as a HD breaker, was under $6.

I think the dogbones get brittle over time, still have a bunch of those in the tool chest.


I replaced mine with a simple 30 amp blade fuse - much more resiliant, and easier to find when they are in need of replacing.

As for breakers - just keep in mind that breakers do wear out over time. I would not put an auto-reset breaker in the master fuse position of my bike. If a short did develop, perhaps in the middle of the night, it would trip - and then reset, allowing things to heat up again until it tripped again...over and over, until the point where it could conceivably catch fire. In my garage. No thanks. :)

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Re: lost power

Postby SnoBrdr » Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:47 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
SnoBrdr wrote:I replaced mine with a breaker over 30 years ago.

Two weeks ago I replaced that breaker with a new one that resets after 10 seconds.

Got it off EBay was listed as a HD breaker, was under $6.

I think the dogbones get brittle over time, still have a bunch of those in the tool chest.


I replaced mine with a simple 30 amp blade fuse - much more resiliant, and easier to find when they are in need of replacing.

As for breakers - just keep in mind that breakers do wear out over time. I would not put an auto-reset breaker in the master fuse position of my bike. If a short did develop, perhaps in the middle of the night, it would trip - and then reset, allowing things to heat up again until it tripped again...over and over, until the point where it could conceivably catch fire. In my garage. No thanks. :)


Ya I guess that is possible and a asteroid or comet could also wipe out the earth.

I had the previous one in for 35 years.




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