Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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Rebuilding an 82 Goldwing and have been cleaning up the wiring (replacing connectors, wires, etc.). After replacing the main connector to the starter relay, checked power to the system and everything came up as it should, lights, instrument panel, gauges. Turned the starter switch to run, turned on the fuel, held the clutch in and hit the start button. Everything died... Going through the wiring diagram now. When the switch is off, there is no power to the main distribution panel. Turn the ignition switch to on and power goes to the fuse block. When I turn the ignition on there is continuity between the negative terminal on the fuse block and the positive terminal indicating a short circuit but have had no luck finding it yet. Disconnected the starter wire and there is continuity between the starter case and the starter terminal? if the starter were bad, everything else should come up when you turn the ignition on with the starter disconnected, right?
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I would check the connections at the battery real close . even if they are tight there might be a layer of "corrosion" insulating the terminals.
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phantom54 wrote:When I turn the ignition on there is continuity between the negative terminal on the fuse block and the positive terminal indicating a short circuit but have had no luck finding it yet.
No, that just means that there is a load applied - most likely, your headlight, which is connecting positive to negative.
When everything fails at the application of the starter like that, it's usually due to a connection that was good enough to handle things like the headlight, but when you tried to draw a couple hundred amps through the starter, the connection stopped working.
Check your battery terminals, check the connection between the negative battery wire and the frame. Also check the battery wires, to see if the wires themselves have corroded or come loose from the battery lugs.
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