Electrical problem


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cswillia
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Electrical problem

Postby cswillia » Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:41 pm



I have an electrical issue on my 85 GL1200A. It continues to blow the ignition fuse after a few seconds of the key being on. I can also smell and hear an electric "sizzle" noise under the middle right side of the tank cover and fairing. Any info to steer me in the right direction would be helpful. Thanks



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Re: Electrical problem

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:04 pm

sounds like you have a bare wire earthing out..you may need to get the cover off to have a look, see what is happening - before it turns into a major problem..

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby cswillia » Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:44 am

Thanks for the info. I hope that is all it is. The bike does run until the fuse pops.

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:29 am

This is a fire in the making. You need to find and fix this before running/riding any more.

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby cswillia » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:55 pm

Tearing into it today. I just bought the bike with this problem. Itching to ride it. 8-)

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby cswillia » Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:48 pm

Well after losing a little more hair (and I don't have much to lose) I tracked down my problem to the fuel pump. The contacts had shorted out which was causing the fuel pump relay to make the "sizzle" noise and burning smell I was experiencing. Put in a new fuel pump and she fired right up without popping the fuse or making any smells or noises. My first Goldwing and I am excited to ride! :D

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby cswillia » Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:51 pm

PS...I will also replace the relay because I'm sure it didn't do it any good due to the short.

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:14 pm

Awesome result,

I could not think of anything much worse than a shorted fuel pump arcing in the vicinity of fumes..

Glad it was a simple fix for you.

good check for the relay as well.

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby cswillia » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:35 pm

Thanks for the input. 8-)

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Re: Electrical problem

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:10 am

you deserve a frosty beverage for your speedy repair. 8-)


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