GL1200 Shuts Off

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GL1200 Shuts Off

Post by dano955 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:16 pm

To begin with I had a starter problem an had to rebuild the starter. when i reinstalled the starter it would only spin and not engaged the engine. when it sit overnight it would engaged after trying it 6th or 7th time. I was advised to add seafoam to my oil and drive my 85 Interstate 100 miles to clean the sludge out of my starter clutch. well when i drove about 50 miles the engine just shut off like it was out of gas. when trying to restart the starter would only spin so i trailered it home and the next morning it started just fine, but run only about 15 mins before it shut off again. i checked the dogbone fuse an even installed a inline blade fuse. i can let it set overnight and it will start right up but will shut off after 20 mins. any suggestions and thanks

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Re: GL1200 Shuts Off

Post by virgilmobile » Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:05 pm

when it shuts down,pull one plug wire and attach a spare spark plug to it.Crank it to see If you still have spark.
This is a starting point. Determining If it's fuel or spark related.Post with your findings.

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Re: GL1200 Shuts Off

Post by trukr » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:31 am

Checking plugs as virgilmobile suggested is a good start. Could also be a fuel pump going bad. Mine did something similar and it was the fuel pump.

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Re: GL1200 Shuts Off

Post by doctorpaul » Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:52 pm

Next time it dies after being ridden several miles, immediately remove the fuel cap. If there is a whoooosh, the tank is not venting properly and a vacuum is developing that ultimately starves the engine of fuel.

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