Air Ride Problems with an '89


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Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby Behnken » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:17 pm



Hello guys,

Just took posession of an '89 1500 and haven't been able to get the air ride, compressor, or even the pressure display to work. I tried with the bike running, key set to "accessory", and "on" without the engine running. I charged the battery and checked all the fuses with no luck. Since I'm not even getting a pressure display when I hold the "p check" button, I'm guessing I start with the switch. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks for the help!

David



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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:23 pm

Behnken wrote:Hello guys,

Just took posession of an '89 1500 and haven't been able to get the air ride, compressor, or even the pressure display to work. I tried with the bike running, key set to "accessory", and "on" without the engine running. I charged the battery and checked all the fuses with no luck. Since I'm not even getting a pressure display when I hold the "p check" button, I'm guessing I start with the switch. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks for the help!

David


Looking at the service manual, and having looked at the fuses already, that's where I would check as well. There should be power there whenever it's in ON, ACC or Park, and it's powered through the 10 amp ACC fuse.

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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby Behnken » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:49 am

Thanks for the help, Admin. Perhaps it's possible to clean the switch with electrical contact cleaner. I may get lucky and that solves the problem. Do you have any recommendations as to where to get a replacement switch? I have a large Honda dealership near me, but as I'm not sure this is the problem I wouldn't mind picking up a used switch if it's possible to find one.
Thanks again for your help.

Dave

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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:24 pm

There are tons of places on the internet (eBay especially) where you'll find used parts...if it's new you're after, a stealership is your only option, unfortunately.

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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby Behnken » Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:42 pm

I was able to take the switch apart, clean it & get it working again. Always a good thing when you can fix what you have.

The only other issue to be tinkered with (other than fluid changes) is gummy carbs. My understanding is the fuel has been sitting in the tank for a year or more and as a result the bike doesn't want to idle. Do you have any recommendations as to how to proceed? I have the bike semi apart to switchout the air cleaner so I imagine I'm only a few pieces away from access to the carbs.

Thanks again for your help, Admin!

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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby Peppyone1955 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:51 pm

Before I would pull the carbs apart I would run some seafoam thru the fuel systems & carbs. This may save you alot of work. I have used it before for a rough idle & it worked real well. Idles just like new. Seafoam can be found at most Auto parts stores also at Wal-mart. My two cents. Good luck

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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:58 pm

Yup, second vote for Seafoam. Use it in about double the concentration it says on the can (nothing in it will harm any carb parts). I've used it for badly gummed up engines before, and it took a couple tanks of gas before it fully cleaned it and returned to normal - but that's a lot better than having to take apart and rebuild the carbs!

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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby Behnken » Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:29 pm

Picked up some Seafoam today, I'll give it a shot tonight. Thanks for the tip regarding doubling the concentration & running more than one tank through if necessary. After looking at the engine again last night I REALLY don't want to have to get into those carbs.

Thanks again for the advice, wish me luck!

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Re: Air Ride Problems with an '89

Postby Carl334 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:58 pm

You need to hold both pressure check and pressure increase buttons.




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