1983 GL100 wont start


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Raiderbillt
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1983 GL100 wont start

Postby Raiderbillt » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:32 pm



Hello all, I hope someone can help me here before I drop my bike off to the mechanic. When I try to start my bike and press in the ignition switch I get nothing, headlight dims off but starter doesn't spin, after a few attempts it starts up and runs perfect, also when I park my bike overnight I have to have the fuel petcock turned off or carbs will flood and engine will lock up. Any help with these 2 problems will be much appreciated



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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:57 pm

If starter not spinning quickly enough (possible the battery) - pull it out and clean it up - new brushes - ensure all your electrical connections from battery through to solenoid and start motor are corrosion free, clean and tight, plus your ground connections should be the same.

As for fuel - if you don't want to pull the carbs off and fix the float/needle & seat problem - then just turn the petcock off each time you stop the bike.

good luck

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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby Raiderbillt » Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:12 pm

Hmm 2nd response 1st, my mechanic just went thru the carbs and cleaned and synched them all up. I guess he didn't do such a good job on them. As for the starter in don't spin at all, till it does, but then, when it does, it spin great and engine fires up real quick, almost seems like its getting no electrical power, but then it does and fires right up, checked the connection on the starter and its clean and corrosive free

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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:28 am

It isn't just the starter connection that needs to be corrosion free.

Check EACH connection:
1. From the battery positive lead to the solenoid (in)
2. From the solenoid (out) to the starter motor
3. From the battery and negative cable connection
4. From the negative battery cable ground connection to the frame (this is a good one to get clean)

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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby 4wred » Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:48 am

Raiderbillt wrote:Hmm 2nd response 1st, my mechanic just went thru the carbs and cleaned and synched them all up. I guess he didn't do such a good job on them.


Get your money back from your mechanic,bet he just did a spray and pray on the carbs.Theses carbs can be a pita to get properly cleaned and working properly.If they are leaking when you leave the petcock on the floats aren't set properly or your float needles aren't seating properly.I learned the hard way to bench test them before reinstalling on the bike!!

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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby Raiderbillt » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:07 pm

Thanks for all the help, the carb situation I can live with for now, but the sporadic starting I need to address. Having not worked on these bikes b4 can anyone tell me where to find the info I need to find the solenoid to check all the connections.

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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:41 pm

Let your eyes do the looking.

1.Locate the battery, and follow the red positive lead to where it terminates- that will be the solenoid - now undo that cable from the battery and the solenoid and clean both ends of the cable and where it locates on the battery and the solenoid terminal posts as if you were operating (you want these spotlessly free of contamination). Then put the cable pack in place.

2. From the opposite side of the solenoid undo the next cable and clean the solenoid terminal post and the cable connection
the same as step 1. You should be able to follow this all the way to the starter motor - and the same process to occur.

3. Now do the same for the negative battery terminal post and cable, and where it connects to as well.

have fun - get your fingers dirty - buy some emery paper, and some elbow grease. :)

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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby Raiderbillt » Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:25 pm

Exactly what I needed thanks Aussie

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Re: 1983 GL100 wont start

Postby mytown » Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:54 am

Raiderbillt wrote: When I try to start my bike and press in the ignition switch I get nothing, headlight dims off but starter doesn't spin, after a few attempts it starts up and runs perfect,


The fact that it is intermittent suggest to me that it could be the starter button/switch. Here's a schematic for the '83 with the button and the starter/solenoid/battery highlighted:

When you push the starter button you're disconnecting the headlight and bringing power from the ignition (black wire) to the starter relay/solenoid via the yellow/red wire.
The yellow/red wire is the furthest to the right when looking at the starter relay in the diagram.

Try wiggling the button as you depress it. The switch could be so dirty that doing so may not help, but if that makes a difference then the switch is most likely the problem. The pictures below are from a GL500 but I believe the switch is very similar if not identical. The button moves the moving contacts over the stationary ones. It can get pretty dirty in there and when it does there can even be enough resistance so as to melt the button:
BTW, should you ever get this far in cleaning the button don't lift the contacts out as is being done in the picture. Except for the grime all the little pieces would have fallen out. :shock:




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