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tried starting 84 with low battery won't start now

Postby shockdo » Sat May 26, 2012 11:49 pm



I was tring to start my 84 Goldwing Interstate with low battery power, when it won't turn over anymore I stopped. I charged the battery and tried to restart it. I'm not getting anything from the starter at all. Head light and other power is coming on, power dims when starter button is pushed. Any ideas where to start trouble shooting this and is there a way to jump, just the starter without hurting the system to see if it still works? I just had the starter rebuilt and was working fine.



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Re: tried starting 84 with low battery won't start now

Postby seabee_ » Sun May 27, 2012 12:07 am

What is your battery showing for voltage? Use a digital volt meter for this. Cheap harbor freight meter works. The battery could be bad. Put it on a 2 to 4 amp charge over night and check the voltage. Might need to take it to an auto parts store to have the battery load tested. It may show 12+ volts but could be bad. Load test will tell you. You can safely jump the battery from a car battery. Never use a battery charger set to engine start with 40 or more amps or you risk frying the ignition electronics.
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Re: tried starting 84 with low battery won't start now

Postby seabee_ » Sun May 27, 2012 12:09 am

Once you know the battery is good then you can start checking the starting circuits like the solenoid. Take care of the easy thigs first. Post back with what you find on the battery.
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Re: tried starting 84 with low battery won't start now

Postby zamboni920 » Sun May 27, 2012 5:47 am

On most vehicles you can jump the starter directly with another battery, or from a car. Jump ground to ground, then touch the positive from external power source to the positive post on starter. If hard to get to with a clumsy jumper cable, clamp the cable alligator clamp to a large screwdriver for better reach. Careful not to short it against ground.
Disclaimer........: I have never tried this on any Goldwing, and warn you to not take my word for it. Get expert advice before attempting!!!!!!!
If you started with a good battery, and a rebuilt starter, I would say there are other problems to be checked into.
As to the headlight dimming when trying to start.....On my 1988 GL1500, the electrical system is made to dim the headlight when running the starter. This is to eliminate the extra power draw, and give it all to starter. I am not sure if the GL1200 have this feature. If it does, the dimming headlight is not an indication that the starter is trying to turn.
When pushing the starter button, listen for the main relay (near battery) clicking.
I am in no way whatsoever experienced on these electrical systems, just trying to inject some food for thought :) .

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Re: tried starting 84 with low battery won't start now

Postby seabee_ » Sun May 27, 2012 7:08 am

You are right Zamboni, the starter button kills power to the headlight when starting on the 1200. As said before, check the simple things first. Battery, then solenoid and so on.
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Re: tried starting 84 with low battery won't start now

Postby Asphalt guy » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:07 pm

Check the plug connector to the right of your battery above the selinoid.

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Re: tried starting 84 with low battery won't start now

Postby starfleetengineer » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:09 am

You can jump the starter it's self by hooking up a cable to the wire on the starter,"positive" and grounding to the frame or the starter housing. Leave the key off and be sure you are in neutral!! If the starter spins, its most likely good. Just trace the wiring back from their!


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