1980 neutral light woes-stays on


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1980 neutral light woes-stays on

Post by 80Winger » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:39 pm



A lot has been written here about the dreaded neutral light staying on on our Goldwings and various remedies. I encountered this today and this is what I did to fix it.

After locating the diode, I tested it and found it to be ok. I cut off the socket it plugged into and added insulated female spade sockets to both the light green/red wire and the dark green wire.
Before plugging them back on the blades of the diode, I sent 12vdc down the light green/red wire using a 55 amp battery charger. This was for about 5 seconds. Then, I hooked everything back up and it works flawlessly.

It is said in some blogs that this procedure burns off anything on the contacts of the neutral switch. All I know is it worked perfectly.



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Re: 1980 neutral light woes-stays on

Post by ram11397 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:48 pm

thanks for the infor i am just about to look at that neutral/diode having problems
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Re: 1980 neutral light woes-stays on

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:08 pm

80Winger wrote:A lot has been written here about the dreaded neutral light staying on on our Goldwings and various remedies. I encountered this today and this is what I did to fix it.

After locating the diode, I tested it and found it to be ok. I cut off the socket it plugged into and added insulated female spade sockets to both the light green/red wire and the dark green wire.
Before plugging them back on the blades of the diode, I sent 12vdc down the light green/red wire using a 55 amp battery charger. This was for about 5 seconds. Then, I hooked everything back up and it works flawlessly.

It is said in some blogs that this procedure burns off anything on the contacts of the neutral switch. All I know is it worked perfectly.
Yes, when the diode and a shorted wire have been ruled out, and it appears that the switch is "stuck on", sending a shot of current down that wire can burn the carbon deposits (picked up from the oil) off of the contacts and fix the problem.

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