1983 goldwing Aspencade


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1983 goldwing Aspencade

Postby dm_allen00 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:09 pm



I took the radiator out so I could replace the fan ,which I thought was bad, out and discovered that there is nothing wrong with the fan. When I put everything back togeather and started it to let it warm up,I was trying to put coolant in it and it won't take any. I let it warm up almost to the red on the temp gauge but still won't take coolant. Incidenly,when the temp was up like that I took a reading at the fan connector on the sender side and got 12volts. What gives??



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Re: 1983 goldwing Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:01 am

Wait, did you put ANY coolant back in it when you put the radiator back on?

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Re: 1983 goldwing Aspencade

Postby archangle » Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:13 am

hey,,,,I just logged on , can you give me an up date.. if your problem is overheating and the fan wont come on , then its the fan switch a very common problem with these 83

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Re: 1983 goldwing Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:11 pm

archangle wrote:hey,,,,I just logged on , can you give me an up date.. if your problem is overheating and the fan wont come on , then its the fan switch a very common problem with these 83


Reading this, something just clicked - you said you measured 12 volts at the fan connector. When the bike is on, there is ALWAYS 12 volts at the fan connector. The OTHER wire at the fan connector goes to the temperature switch. When the engine gets hot, this switch closes, and provides a ground to the fan, which turns it on. If the switch is faulty, it will cause the problem you are describing.

At the fan connector, disconnect your fan. You'll see two wires - one has 12 volts, the other does not. With the fan disconnected, connect your meter between the two wires on the harness, and start the bike. When the engine gets hot, if you don't see 12 volts on your meter (i.e. there is no ground) then you've got either a faulty temperature (fan) switch, or a faulty wire/connector between the fan and the temperature switch.

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Re: 1983 goldwing Aspencade

Postby dm_allen00 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:33 pm

I thank all of you for your replies. The truth is I feel about 2" tall.lol I'm not real good with Goldwings yet,but I'm learning. I did'nt know there was a radiator cap down in there. DUH!!! And as for the second part of my problem I think it is the fan switch. This is a really good sight,very helpful.
Thanks

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Re: 1983 goldwing Aspencade

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:28 pm

dm_allen00 wrote:I thank all of you for your replies. The truth is I feel about 2" tall.lol I'm not real good with Goldwings yet,but I'm learning. I did'nt know there was a radiator cap down in there. DUH!!! And as for the second part of my problem I think it is the fan switch. This is a really good sight,very helpful.
Thanks


Aha, you were adding coolant to the reservoir, instead of the radiator. That won't work.

The problem is likely that you've got a ton of air still in your cooling system. If there's air in there, it won't trip the fan switch.

Have a look at the How to flush your cooling system article, and you'll see the proper way to refill and "burp" your cooling system. I have a feeling that once you get it full of coolant, it will all be running fine again.




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