Newbie needs help 75 GL1000


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Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby 13madbobber13 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 4:50 pm



I recently purchased a beautiful 75 Gl1000. 29,000 miles. numbers match, very Little rust. When I purchased it back in february started fine. Now two months later no Juice. Thought the battery may have crapped out so i popped in a buddys battery and still nothing. could it be the points, ignition. any info anyone can give would be awesome. Thanks



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Re: Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:44 am

A few more details please.Does it light up the neutral light?Does it roll the engine over?Does the starter relay click?.Does it have any spark at all?.Is it electronic ignition converted or point system?.Do the dash lights stay on while trying to start?.Sorry about so many questions.Virgil

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Re: Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby 13madbobber13 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:21 pm

neutral light does stay on, headlight comes on does not dim or go out when i hit the start button. it has points, doesnt even attempt to turn over. thanks for any help, it is very appreciated

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Re: Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby goldtr6c » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:51 pm

Follow the ground cable from the battery to the frame and check for corrosion there and tightness. Also have someone hold the starter button in and clutch lever while you wiggle and tug at both battery cables. I've seen some bad crimp/solder connections here too.

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Re: Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby 13madbobber13 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:28 pm

i will give that a try and let you Know, thanks

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Re: Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby thrasherg » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:37 am

If as you say it is not even turning over, the problem is either the starter solenoid, the starter motor or the wiring to these 2 components.. If you have a multimeter (Voltmeter) it should be fairly easy to find the cause. Start by putting your hand on the starter solenoid and then press the starter button, do you feel a click from the starter solenoid? If yes the wiring to the solenoid is probably good. Now you need a voltmeter, connect one side of the voltmeter to the negative battery terminal. On the starter solenoid there should be 2 large nuts, one is the positive from the battery and the other is the output to the starter motor. Put your positive lead from your voltmeter on the battery side and make sure it shows 12+ volts. If it does, then put it on the other large nut (The starter motor side of the relay) and check the voltage (It should read 0 volts) then have someone push the starter button, you should hear the solenoid click and the voltmeter should show 12 volts. If it doesn't then the solenoid is defective and needs cleaning/replacing. If it does show 12 volts then you have reduced the problem to the starter motor or wiring around the starter motor. you now need to take the positive lead of the voltmeter and connect it to the positive terminal on the starter motor and check it has 0 volts, then push the start button and check that you have 12 volts. If you do then take the negative lead from the battery terminal and connect it to the case of the starter motor and repeat the test. If when you push the start button you have less than 10 volts then you have a bad earth connection (Check your wiring) but if you still have 12 volts then the starter motor needs replacing//overhauling..

Hope that helps. If the solenoid does not operate let us know as there are some checks we can do to isolate the fault.

Gary

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Re: Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:03 am

I think you mentioned that the headlight did not dim while trying to start it.I think it should go off when you push the starter button.Test probe the starter relay,key on,pushing the start button.I would guess that the starter switch is stuck(hardened grease).

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Re: Newbie needs help 75 GL1000

Postby D2D » Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:34 am

Also check to see that you have a good ground at the switch at the handle bar. Loosen the screws holding the right hand control and check for corrosion or moisture under the switch also check the contacts. I had this problem on a CX500, old girl wouldn't fire up on damp mornings or after sitting all winter. Once I jumped her off the solenoid she'd start fine all day long. I took that control apart cleaned the button contacts and the handlebar under the grip, sprayed with silicone and never had another issue again.

I know this is a Goldwing forum; but here's one of my other restorations below;
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'78' Honda CX500 with the Vetter fairing and boxes installed at time of purchase in January of 1979. Old girl has 87,467 miles on her.
'78' Honda CX500 with the Vetter fairing and boxes installed at time of purchase in January of 1979. Old girl has 87,467 miles on her.




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