1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light


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Alemayehu
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1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby Alemayehu » Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:45 pm



I had 1983 GL1100 Interstate recently & need help so that I can do some thing about it,I did change timing belt, cylinder head gasket ,and all fluids with no issue and go further for water pump then I did manage to put all O rings and clean all mating surface for the gasket and chuck the neutral light before I put back every thing then after all when I push the button it was dead and I have to pull in the clutch lever and then it fire up.I can select the gear and figure out the neutral position quite easily while I stop any where but my question is would there be any problem pulling in the clutch to start the engine? If not how can I get back with the normal signal like the neutral light and the OD light to be on as it use to be please?
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Re: 1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby RBGERSON » Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:02 am

shifter switch got moved or ground to neutral not right/attached most likely.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: 1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby steve491 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:39 am

Did you mean chuck the neutral light switch or check the switch? If you chucked it then that's why you must pull the clutch in. If you checked it then most likely it's not hooked up or the linkage inside the case didn't get aligned right. By design it either has to be in nuetral OR the clutch lever pulled in order for it to crank.

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Re: 1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby Alemayehu » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:22 pm

Thank you very much for replying
What I mean when I say I did chuck,I mean before I put back the cover I chucked it two three times whether it is on the right position or not, I mean I sow the light was on.Then carefully I did put all the new O rings and the new gasket then tighten it 9FP on each bolt.Any way if that is the issue I will redo it again and see what happens.
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Re: 1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby Alemayehu » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:14 pm

Hi every body I did the job again and it was as you said that the switch was shifted and now it is working as it should.But I have got some wired staff I sow again leak through the weeping hole and by the bent at the frame coolant is dropping at very small amount.I try to figure out from where it is coming from but can't see at all.How on earth something coming out from the frame and it is from the right hand side where engine guard is attached.Any thought would be appreciated in advance.
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Re: 1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:15 pm

Alemayehu wrote:Hi every body I did the job again and it was as you said that the switch was shifted and now it is working as it should.But I have got some wired staff I sow again leak through the weeping hole and by the bent at the frame coolant is dropping at very small amount.I try to figure out from where it is coming from but can't see at all.How on earth something coming out from the frame and it is from the right hand side where engine guard is attached.Any thought would be appreciated in advance.
Thank you and God bless!


As mentioned in the DIY thread, most often it is the twisting of the delicate O-ring when the pump is inserted that causes the leaks. I had this happen the very first time I did this, which is why I recommend you lubricate them before initial installation. There are several different things that work that won't damage the O-rings, but one of the best (and cheapest) is, believe it or not, K-Y Jelly. Smear it on the O-ring and on the metal area where the pump goes, and it will slip right in without catching and twisting the O-ring.

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Re: 1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby Alemayehu » Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:23 pm

Sure thank you for your reply I will do as you advice for the next time but I did travel on it topping up every morning and has stopped about 3000 km.You may be surprised how I decide to ride with a such condition for two weeks but I did travel because I have to and back to my home town with 4346 km.God bless!

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Re: 1983 GL1100 No Neutral and OD Light

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:21 pm

I also have an 83, but its an aspencade and I have the same thing going on with mine. when I turn the key to on, I get the green neutral light on my display, but I have to pull the clutch lever in to fire it up. personally I like not being able to start the bike up without pulling in the clutch lever. I think of it as a "safety feature". I know the bike will never be in gear regardless if the neutral light it on or not, plus if someone tries to steal it, they wont be able to start it unless the clutch lever is pulled in. I've been using it this way since I got it 2 years ago and it hasn't done any harm as of yet.

if you are seeing any coolant dripping from the weep hole, it could be the water pump itself or its "O" ring gasket like wingadmin said. its the same as on a car, that's an indication that the water pump or the "O" ring gasket is leaking and its time to replace the it, and if you do replace it, I recommend replacing the thermostat and its gasket at the same time. make sure you lubricate the gasket before you put it in.

Steve, I think he meant to say he "checked" it.

stuart.




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