1983 Interstate Electrical Short


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1983 Interstate Electrical Short

Postby pdrankey » Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:50 pm



I just purchased this Goldwing with 37,000 miles. I was told that it blew a fuse and they were right. The fuse on the solenoid blows as soon as you plug it in. I've purchased a new battery as they had a car battery in the side bag connected.

I've installed a new solenoid, but as soon as you plug the connection in, that 30 amp fuse blows. The key is off.

Any suggestions?



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Re: 1983 Interstate Electrical Short

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:52 pm

Well the fact that it is shorting AFTER the master fuse, with the key off, means it's:

a) solenoid
b) starter
c) wiring connecting a) or b)

All of that wiring is out in the open, so it's fairly easy to check out. Disconnect the wire from the starter, replace the fuse, and connect the battery up again. If the fuse doesn't blow, you know it's the starter.

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Re: 1983 Interstate Electrical Short

Postby CapnDenny1 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:24 am

If you replaced the solenoid an dit still blows then it aint the solenoid. I don't see how it could be the starter either, since the solenoid control the power to the solenoid. Which connection are you plugging in? The heavy wire to the solenoid or the smaller control wires? You need to do a little investigating to find the problem. Like what happens when you leave the heavy wire to and from the solenoid disconnected?

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Re: 1983 Interstate Electrical Short

Postby pdrankey » Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:35 pm

Thanks for the help. Turns out I had the wrong solenoid. The one that I was given with the bike plugged in one way, unfortunately it was backwards and the original solenoid was actually still good. It turned out to be the starter. I've got one on the way as the brushes were burnt and the bushing was shot.




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