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No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:02 pm



I have just synchronized the carburetor 4 days ago, I went to try and start it up and there are no lights what so ever. I just replaced the battery a couple of months ago. The acid levels were low and it would not recharge. However it would at least turn the lights on. I am a little confused and asking for some advice on maybe where to start. Anything would be great.



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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:15 pm

Are you getting any voltage at the battery terminals?

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby Missourimike » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:56 pm

You say you replaced the battery a couple months ago. New Battery? Low acid level and not taking charge in this New battery? Something don't make sense or we're not getting the whole story.
Whatever you have for a battery now...is it charged up? Check main fuse at the solonoid AND the light's fuse.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:52 am

Missourimike wrote:You say you replaced the battery a couple months ago. New Battery? Low acid level and not taking charge in this New battery? Something don't make sense or we're not getting the whole story.
Whatever you have for a battery now...is it charged up? Check main fuse at the solonoid AND the light's fuse.


My bad, I replaced the old battery that was low on acid with a brand new Die Hard battery. I am not getting any voltage, nothing.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:40 am

Yes, but is there voltage at the battery terminals? How about at the main fuse?

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:48 am

I will have to check that out tonight.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby Missourimike » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:57 pm

See if the battery has 12V. in it. As for the Diehard brand...I've not seen a battery DieFaster than a Diehard. One of the poorest and most overpriced POS on the market, IMO.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:12 pm

That's great, and for the price that is ridiculous. If this is the problem I will return it and get a new one.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:13 pm

My money is on the ground at the frame...

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:55 pm

Checked the battery and it is at 4.92V, when I put my multi-meter on the battery the voltage started dropping. I held it on there for 30 seconds and it dropped down to 4.70V. I put it on the trickle charger and it came up to 7.92V, but again the battery voltage started dropping quickly again. Is this normal? The battery is out of the bike and sitting on my work bench with the trickle charger on it. This is for 1982 Honda Goldwing Interstate

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:48 pm

I'd run that battery back to the store for a refund, then go buy a quality battery someplace else.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:12 pm

Are batteries suppose to drop voltages?

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:50 am

If they are defective, or if they are killed by items being left on, then yes, their voltage will drop.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:03 am

Thanks, I checked the battery this morning and it was back up to 12V and holding steady with the multi-meter. So now I need to see if the battery will get drained again.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:00 pm

I put the battery back into the bike and it started fine, I just wonder if I didn't turn the key all the way off and it was still in ACC. So my question to you guys is will the key being in ACC drain the battery, I didn't see any lights on, but I don't know if anything would be receiving juice. If you guys don't think so then I will start pulling fuses and test.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby Missourimike » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:35 pm

delpy432 wrote:I put the battery back into the bike and it started fine, I just wonder if I didn't turn the key all the way off and it was still in ACC. So my question to you guys is will the key being in ACC drain the battery, I didn't see any lights on, but I don't know if anything would be receiving juice. If you guys don't think so then I will start pulling fuses and test.

Do you know of the simple and quick test to find out if any circuit is "on"? Pull the fuse to a circuit and then touch the the fuse across the two connections, lightly. If you see a spark...that circuit is drawing from the battery at present. Only a matter of finding which component is drawing the juice in that circuit.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:30 pm

It sounds to me like you got some great advise here...Good luck man , are there any toggle switches anywhere on the bike, if yes I would start looking around that direction..

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:20 am

No toggle switches, I will see if the bike starts again when I get off work and go from there. I appreciate all your guys help.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:51 am

Been very busy lately, finally found time to look at the Goldwing. I pulled all fuses from the circuit, one by one, checked the amps and it is getting a pull of 12.5 milliamps :x . As soon as I pulled the main 30 amp fuse from the solenoid, of course there is no pull any more. Put the fuse back in, the pull is back, disconnected the starter from the circuit to see if it was shorting out, still there, disconnected all the other wires and finally got the pull to disappear with the red wire pulled of the circuit :? . Now I need a wiring diagram to see what it goes to. Does anybody have a wiring diagram for 1982 Interstate?

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:35 pm

delpy432 wrote:Been very busy lately, finally found time to look at the Goldwing. I pulled all fuses from the circuit, one by one, checked the amps and it is getting a pull of 12.5 milliamps :x . As soon as I pulled the main 30 amp fuse from the solenoid, of course there is no pull any more. Put the fuse back in, the pull is back, disconnected the starter from the circuit to see if it was shorting out, still there, disconnected all the other wires and finally got the pull to disappear with the red wire pulled of the circuit :? . Now I need a wiring diagram to see what it goes to. Does anybody have a wiring diagram for 1982 Interstate?


Click on the "Manuals" page at the top, and look for "Honda Goldwing GL1100 Interstate 1982 Color Schematic" - that should get you closer to what you need.

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby delpy432 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:15 pm

Thanks wingadmin I will take a look

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Re: No lights (headlight, instrument panel)

Postby wing_newb » Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:08 pm

Hey guys, I've got a question that may be a little off topic. I was wondering how to get into the guages to check the light bulbs on them? Is there a post or how-to on it? I appreciate all the help!




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