86 GL1200A electric issue


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86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby epman1 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:20 pm



I have traced all connections from the Battery to the Starter Relay to the Stator and Main fuse box.
Everything has continuity right down to the starter motor.
I tried to Jump start the Bike by pushing it and throwing into gear ........ Would not start.
I tired to jump the starter motor by connecting jumper cables from the car directly to the Starter.... nothing.
I am assuming the starter motor is bad but I would appreciate any input that anyone may have

Thanks
Andy



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Re: 86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:21 pm

Have you measured the impedance of the starter motor, to ensure that its coils are connected?

Even if the starter is dead, you should still be able to push-start the bike.

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Re: 86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby epman1 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:44 pm

What???? Sorry but the continuity was pushing my limits... Thank God for Radio Shack showing me how to check with a digital meter the continuity.
If you don't mind....How do I check the coils???? and how do I check Impedance???

Thanks for the help. I am a newcomer to the Goldwing. I have been riding a Suz GS750..... and always wanted to get into a Goldwing

So thats what got me into this Bike.

Thanks for your help

Andy

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Re: 86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:45 pm

Disconnect the battery from your bike (to avoid smoking your meter), set your meter to "ohms" or "resistance", and measure between the input terminal on the starter, and ground. If you see infinite resistance, you've got a starter problem. If you see a reading of a few ohms or less, then the starter should be OK.

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Re: 86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby epman1 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:34 am

Thanks I will try that later today

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Re: 86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby epman1 » Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:53 pm

Starter seems OK
What would cause the Motor not to start when trying to jump start it by pushing it down a hill?

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Re: 86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby strongfellow » Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:56 am

I found on my 85 I could bypass everything and go directly to + post on starter w/ jumper cables and - lead grounded to - post of batt if starter spins it's good

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Re: 86 GL1200A electric issue

Postby epman1 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:49 am

strongfellow wrote:I found on my 85 I could bypass everything and go directly to + post on starter w/ jumper cables and - lead grounded to - post of batt if starter spins it's good



I tried the Battery directly to the Starter...all I hear is a low HUM..... I know on my 750 that I can jump start it by pushing it....... This is not working on the Goldwing.

I am thinking that the spark plugs can not be getting any current

What do you think

Thanks
Andy




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