Starter runs with key off!! Please help


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Brian8735
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Starter runs with key off!! Please help

Postby Brian8735 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:27 pm



I was recently given a 1980 GL 1100.
I am new to goldwings and changed the oil and added seafoam to hopefully free up the starter clutch. When I tried to start it the starter just whines,and won't quit when button is released. I then turned the key off and it kept going. I quickly disconnected the neg cable and that finally made it stop. If I touch the cable back onto the post it goes again. Bad switch? Starter button short? Please help if anyone has had a similar situation. Thanks



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Re: Starter runs with key off!! Please help

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:39 pm

shorted solenoid..stuck plate inside..try tapping on it..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Brian8735
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Re: Starter runs with key off!! Please help

Postby Brian8735 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:01 pm

Thank you for your reply. When I get home I will try that. I am out on the road for a few days yet. Trucking pays the bills. This is an awesome place for help and information. Thanks again

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Re: Starter runs with key off!! Please help

Postby f1xrupr » Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:24 am

Unplug the plug at the starter switch, and then touch the battery cable. If it is still stuck with the plug unplugged, it's the relay switch. If it only sticks with the plug plugged in, it's a problem elsewhere.
My exercise bike is a goldwing.

Brian8735
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Re: Starter runs with key off!! Please help

Postby Brian8735 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:44 am

Thank you I will try that tomorrow when I get home. This is a great resource for me as I am new to goldwings. I am sure I will have more questions in the future. Thanks again




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