1983 GoldWing


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1983 GoldWing

Postby micbery » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:55 pm



Hello eneryone,

Have got myself a statrter concern. Seems the relay simply clicks, nothing more. Battery is up, no problems prior?



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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby micbery » Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:02 pm

I am now further into it and realize it is the solenoid doing the clicking. Tore it down to see the do-flicky. Discover maybe its not the solenoid as when I arched the two posts, thnking I would get a reaction, nothing. Maybe its my battery? New battery bought in May. So, I give it boost with the truck. And again, nothing but the click!

Now, I m back to the solenoid. Any ideas before I go?

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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby micbery » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:35 pm

Deeper into trouble shooting this hickup and reading several threads from the site, (thanks guys) I wanted to eliminate a few things so I removed the battery completely and boosted it direct to the solenoid. Same response, a click. Does it suggest possibly the solenoid is not the cause?

Final piece to the chain is the starter itself. Different threads are suggesting a tired starter could be collaborate?

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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:26 pm

jumper cable directly to the starter from truck battery. Does the engine turn over by hand using the bolt holding the stator on?pull all plugs and try again( might be hydro locked).
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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:39 pm

I'll also chime in here.As RoadRogue mentioned....I've been caught looking for electrical problems,when it turned out to be hydro locked.

Pull the plugs.Expect gas to squirt out 5 feet if it's got in there,so turn the kill switch OFF.We don't want a flame thrower :shock: although it would be cool to see.

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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby micbery » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:01 pm

Engine lock ... hmm. I wasnt thinking that! I did put it in gear and pushed it few feet. Thinking it should have turned over, might have reset the starter position. I`ll pull the plugs tomorrow and try boosting it at the starter itself.

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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby gemairpilot » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:25 pm

I just finished all the troubleshooting suggested and had the same problem as you. I pushed to get started and the bike runs fine. I have ordered a new starter as it all pointed to that. One suggestion I received was this: use a light probe , ground it , put the probe on the starter connection and press the start button. IF IT LIGHTS IT IS THE STARTER. Believe me I tried and got a light. If it ddoesn't light then it is an ellectrical problem.The answer to this is that you are getting power to the starter via the relay so it should turn. I took off starter , cleaned it up, checked clearances, reinstalled it. When I presed starter button it gave a groan, turned a bit and then nothing. I suspect the armature so a new starter on Ebay is $70 to $90. Mine is coming this week and will report on what happens when I put it on. Gerry

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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby micbery » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:12 pm

Good News .. Im back riding again!!

Trouble shooting all day yesterday, came down to a multi meter test on the soleniod and starter. Pushing start button in both cases, the meter sprang to life. Like the light bulb suggestion said its the starter itself. So this morning I removed the starter, followed this websites "how to rebuild a starter" (thank you so much for this file) I tore it down to see major carbon buildup and the positive lead being the collporate. Replaced that lead wire, cleaned up the pieces like suggested, regreased the gears and put the starter back on the bike. With fingers crossed, I hit the starter button and WHAM !! The bike came to life. The starter is so much stronger, It never worked this good ever.

I really want to thank this website as I would not have been able to do what I did without the support of those "how to " files. At the end of the day, it cost me maybe ten dollars to rebuild my starter. Gotta love happpy endings!

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Re: 1983 GoldWing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:30 am

I love hearing stories like this!! :) That's what this site is all about.




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