bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box


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bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby goldwingdude » Fri May 18, 2012 7:43 pm



1981 gl 1100 rode bike to work started ran just fine.
started bike to come home started ok stoped at store to get a few things .
came out to start bike turn key on nothing only one fuse had power
all other fuses ok main fuse ok had to run jumper wire from acc to 15 amp fuse.
bike started came home just fine anyone have a idea where to start looking for the
problem.



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Re: bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby goldminerusa » Fri May 18, 2012 9:54 pm

81 1100 accessory fuse is a 5A. Was the headlight on when the bike didn`t start? If yes, i`d check the battery, 1 bad cell wont run the starter but will give you lights. Jumping a 5A to the engine 15A? Seems to me that would blow the 5A fuse. Got a test light? Check the battery side of all the fuses, if there`s voltage at all the fuses, go back to the start circuit. Check the battery, cables, connections, frame ground, solenoid. Once the engine starts and runs these things are out of the game. If theres no voltage at the fuses, check the battery, thats where all voltage starts, then goes to the ignition switch to the start button to the solenoid to the starter.

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Re: bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby goldwingdude » Fri May 18, 2012 10:10 pm

Headlights was not on when switch was turned on head lamp came on when
i jumped the fuses bike started

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Re: bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 18, 2012 10:23 pm

download the schematic to get the color codes for the ignition switch.
You jumped the feed to the 5 amp accessory fuse to the main power line.
If you had jumped on the other side of the fuse,the load side,it would have blown it.
I suspect the ignition switch main power switched wire is dead and the accessory line is OK.
Usually the switch can be disassembled and the contacts resurfaced.I did that once.

Oh...the red wire is from the battery and with the key on the black wire is the main power to the fuses.test probe at the switch.

If you decide to take the switch off the key assembly,you have to turn the key to the on position to be able to release the holding tabs to remove the switch.

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Re: bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby goldwingdude » Fri May 18, 2012 11:12 pm

when i jump power to fuse box everything works normal could trouble
be at solenoid where it picks up power runs rides starts good as long as
you jump power to the fuse box.nothing seems wrong but pull
jumper wire off and it dies hook wire back up turn key on hit starter button
bike starts drove home 20 miles that way volt meter
reads 13.5 volts

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Re: bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby virgilmobile » Sat May 19, 2012 9:35 am

The problem with leaving it like that is wire size.The wire you tapped onto is a small accessory wire,the wire(black) that is dead is quite large to carry the power of the whole bike.the acc.wire is good enough to get you out of a bind but nowhere large enough for comtinous work.It will eventually cook the wire.
You really need to fix or repair the ignition switch.
If you have any questions, just post or PM.
Please do not continue to run the bike with the fuse box jumpered.
We don't want to read about you in the obits.

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Re: bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby goldwingdude » Sat May 19, 2012 6:53 pm

I found the problem the switch is bad
red wire to the switch was hot at the switch
used a ohm meter on switch only acc pole had
continuity when turned on all other polls were dead going to put
a new switch in it

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Re: bike will not start only one fuse hot at fuse box

Postby virgilmobile » Sat May 19, 2012 7:14 pm

Remember,after you unplug the switch,you must turn the key to the ON position to be able to remove the switch from the key lock assembly.




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