1978 GL1000 keeps blowing starter solenoid


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1978 GL1000 keeps blowing starter solenoid

Postby tmcloud » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:24 pm



The title says it all...I have replaced this part numerous times...and they all end up the same...bike will start great one day....run fine...and when i go to start it the next day all i get is a clicking sound.......and the starter motor is brand new and works just fine by itself....

anyone have any info. on this i am kinda at a loss



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Re: 1978 GL1000 keeps blowing starter solenoid

Postby 78AzWing » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:17 am

Sounds like either a bad battery or you have bad connections in your wiring. Check the grounding terminals. Those things don't go bad that fast. Are you using new solenoids or used ones?
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Re: 1978 GL1000 keeps blowing starter solenoid

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:56 am

Is it the coil or the contacts of the solenoid that are going?

If it's the contacts, then your starter is drawing too much current - perhaps you have a partial short?

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Re: 1978 GL1000 keeps blowing starter solenoid

Postby tmcloud » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:26 am

Well the battery is brand new and good....as well as the solenoid......so it must be a wiring issue.....thanks for all the help and please hit me back if you have any other advice

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Re: 1978 GL1000 keeps blowing starter solenoid

Postby 78AzWing » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:50 am

I'ld almost bet on a bad ground.
There is a main one shown on the wiring diagram, but I don't know where on the bike it would be located. Somewhere close to the regulator, I think. Green wire. Should be a cluster of them connected in one spot bolted to the frame. Or the place the ground cable mounts to the frame could be corroded.

If your alternator isn't producing you may just be running your new battery down to the point that the solenoid just clicks.
That connector that has the three yellow wires running through it is a weak point. Removing it and soldering the individual wires together and shrink wrapping them is the way to go.

If you jump across the two large connector studs on the solenoid, does the starter turn the engine over?
Is the connector on the starter from the solenoid in good shinny shape? Starter loose? That kinda thing.


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