Replace Relay #3


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jppierce3
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Replace Relay #3

Postby jppierce3 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:57 pm



I have a 1992 Goldwing Interstate and have just lost the lights, instrument panel (coolant temp, fuel level) neutral light and stand light. From what I have been able to determine, I need to replace relay #3. I have removed the panel to the fuse box but the relays look like they I cannot get to them. Do I have to remove anything else to get to this relay and replace it?

Thanks for your help.



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MikeB
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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby MikeB » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:29 pm

You will probably have to loosen the left saddlebag from its mount to get to the relays. It is a good idea to do that anyway because you will want to remove the fuse/relay panel to inspect the terminals that the #3 relay plugs into.

The heat generated from loose connections usually melts the plastic that the relay terminals are mounted in. If you are lucky, the plastic is not too badly damaged. Make sure that you squeeze the plugin terminals to tighten up the connection. You want a good connection between the terminals on the panel and the terminals on the relay. Also do your best to remove any oxidation/corrosion and melted plastic from the terminals. Clean, tight terminals do not generate heat.
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jppierce3
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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby jppierce3 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:50 pm

Thanks Mike. I am getting my new relay tomorrow and will inspect the terminals. Thanks for the tip to loosen the saddlebag to get to the terminal. I was having a horrible time removing the relay cover. Again thanks and I will let you know how it goes.

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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby Hocky » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:51 pm

Hi, when I had my 1996 GW I replaced #3 relay several times. Finally I pulled the whole relay assembly out & saw that the female connections were loose & the plastic was melted so a tight fit was not possible. So, I cut the wires going to the back of the relay board & ran wires outside the box adding new terminals to re-connect the #3 relay. It worked fine. Good luck!

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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby jppierce3 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:49 pm

Thanks for all the good advice. I did replace relay #3 and the connections were good. Still did not resolve my problem and found a blown fuse. Finally traced the problem to the left cornering light. A wire was shorting out against some metal and when I repaired that, I have had no more problems. Sometimes electrical gremlins can drive you nuts! But I really appreciate all the advice and help I got.

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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby TennX » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:52 am

Wheres a good source for the relays...thanks
Phil.......

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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby jppierce3 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:36 am

I got mine from bigbikeparts.com and the price seemed reasonable. About 20% of the price at my local Honda shop!

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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby Hocky » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:04 am

Check out Relay #PL-RY1 by Pilot. You just have to take off the mounting tab that is used for Pilot after-mkt lights. Hard to find but worth it @ about $7.00. Had to order it from an auto parts store, most don't stock it. Don't rely on the store personnel to figure it out. Here's the info I used >>> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BL2Z3I/ref ... 0B%20L2Z3I

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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby Gordwing » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:03 am

Hello........I just replaced three relays on my 92 and am still not sure why. I will check for loose connections.Before they started blowing I installed a cornering light kit from J & P which bypasses the switch ( because I was always leaving them on ) and loops into the headlight wiring so they were on all the time.The bulbs are 18 watts each for a total of 3 amps added to that system. I decided to unplug them about 2000 kilm's agao and so far so good.Does it sound like this could have been the proble.

Gordo

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Re: Replace Relay #3

Postby jppierce3 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:08 am

Hello,

It is possible, especially if you have unhooked them and you are not having the problem now. You could put a relay switch between the cornering lights and the wiring to the headlights. That way only the cornering lights would go and you could isolate it without having other electrical issues. Also check for grounding issues as I found that was my problem.

Good luck with getting it solved!




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