Ignition switch


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firstgen513
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Ignition switch

Postby firstgen513 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:54 am



How long will an ignition switch last? I have a 1981 GL1100 and it wont start. I think there is a short somewhere because when I wiggled the harness under the headlamp it came on a couple of times briefly.
Any help would be great...



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RBGERSON
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Re: Ignition switch

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:43 am

The contacts in the switch can wear down and then don't work consistently. two options to repair you can buy a new bottom for the switch on ebay..george's fixit has them listed all the time around $8..his pic have red back round..or solder a little bubble on the contacts to give them back their height..I did that 3 years ago and it's still working. But it could be a loose connection in the wiring as shaking it makes it work?? the whole thing can be taken out w/o too much trouble.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Ignition switch

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:44 am

Ignition switches can and will wear out. That said, if you're wiggling the wires and you are getting it to come on intermittently, I don't know that the problem is the switch. I'd look more at connectors.

firstgen513
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Re: Ignition switch

Postby firstgen513 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:52 am

Thanks for the info..I will give them a try this evening after work. I will let you know one way or the other.

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Re: Ignition switch

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:12 am

Just to be perdantic!! If you wiggle the wires and the lights come on, you have an open circuit in the wiring, not a short.. A short would be popping fuses!! :lol:

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Re: Ignition switch

Postby firstgen513 » Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:59 pm

thrasherg the word is actually "PEDANTIC" to be precise. But thanks for the help. You were correct on the open circuit.




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