dogbone fuse?

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dogbone fuse?

Postby stephenminer » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:02 am

Im having problems with starting my goldwing. I bought a new battery And it still does not turn over.
I have been reading that I should check the "dogbone" fuse. where is this fuse and how do I check it?


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Re: dogbone fuse?

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:41 pm

on the starter relay, just follow the positive cable from the battery. if the fuse is bad go to an auto parts store and get a waterproof blade fuse holder ( 30amp rated ) and 30 amp blade fuses. solder some "o" ring or "c" terminals to the ends of the fuse holder and use inplace of the dog bone fuse
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Re: dogbone fuse?

Postby M&T82WING » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:21 pm

Now the first responce is the corect way to fix a blown dog bone fuse. I was up visting my family but I arived a few hours sooner than I thought I would arive. When I got to my Dad's house nobody was home,, Thinking I could just go vist some freinds I went to start our wing and nothing but a flash when I turned the key and hit the starter button then everything went dead. I traced the battery lead down to the starter relay then found the blown dog bone fuse or what was left of it. 20 years of riding hard tails chopper's tought me to carry a little emergency road side fix it all kit. One or two roll's of electricial tape a few peace's of wiring a spare master link a 4ft' rolled up 1/4 in pvc air line great for siphoning fuel if you run out and few light bulbs. And the best gift I every got from my,, never mind,, is a leatherman that 10 in 1 deal that has saved my but more times than I can shake a dead snake at (another story) I took about a 2in section of wire striped it clean then took the strands and about 4 of them twisted them altogether like a rope wraped both ends around the either end of where the fuse was tightend the screws down put the cove back on hit the start button and veroom away I went. I check it every now and then so far no trouble. Just a sugestion not the right way to fix it for sure but it worked for me.

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Re: dogbone fuse?

Postby stephenminer » Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:47 pm

thank you guys...i just took off the starter and tested it and it worked fine...the only thing left is the soleniod...

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Re: dogbone fuse?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:22 pm

Well that's pretty easy to test. Push the starter. If you have voltage at the input to the solenoid, and not at the output, there's your culprit. Do you have power to any other part of the bike? If not, I'd definitely look at the dogbone fuse first. Even if it is OK now, replace it with a blade fuse anyway, because it will only be a matter of time before it does go.

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