starter help!


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nveramazed
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starter help!

Postby nveramazed » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:03 pm



I have a 1984 GL1200I and it wont start. I took it out for a spin and brought it back and parked it for 5 min. I went to hit the start button and nothing! I let it sit for a few and thought that maybe something was loose, so I searched and couldn't find anything loose. After letting it sit, I hit the start button and could hear the starter relay clicking, but no joy with the starter engaging.
I followed the manual regarding testing. My question is this: When I did the light test on the No 103 (4 pin) electrical connector, my test light didn't light up when I touched the yellow/red wire, but lit up when I touched the red/green wire. Are both these wires supposed to light up? And if the yellow/red wire is supposed to light up, where is the fuse located in the starter circuit? All of my fuses in my fuse box are good. I have tested each one with an ohmmeter.

Part Two: Since I have been trying to start the bike, my battery ran down. So, I started charging the battery while still connected to the bike. The bike started to smoke and now the clutch switch diode is fried! Any ideas on where to get a new one?

I appreciate any and all help!!

Nveramazed



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virgilmobile
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Re: starter help!

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:40 pm

Pull the diode out for the moment and figure out what smoked and why it won't start first.
The diode is there to allow you to crank the bike while in neutral.This allows the diode to conduct through the neutral switch from the solenoid.If the diode is bad,you can only crank it with the clutch pulled in.

Keep us informed on what happens next.
By your first part,it sounded like a dead battery or corroded connections,eg..Battery post or frame groung lug.
There's always the solenoid and/or starter too.They can be tested before replacing.
At this point,I'd be having the battery load tested first,then if it starts,check the charging system carefully.
Somewhere on this site,I remember the Admin having a lead on the diode,but do test it first.

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virgilmobile
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84 GL 1200 I

Re: starter help!

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:51 pm

This schematic may help...

nveramazed
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Re: starter help!

Postby nveramazed » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:01 pm

Thanks for all the help! Charged up the battery and made sure all connections were solid. Fired right up! I'm now waiting on my rectifier which I burnt up yesterday!




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