1999 GL1500 starter won't engage


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1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby rickmcdaniel » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:16 pm



I am a new Goldwing owner. Just bought the bike. Riding home I accidently hit the ignition switch, the lights dimmed for a moment and I smelt something burning for a second. Now the starter won't engage, justs make a clicking noise. Bike will start if I bump start it. Checked the fuses and they are ok. What did I burn up? Have not tried to jump the starter yet. The starter was replaced just before this.



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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:00 pm

There should be no problem with hitting the starter button when the engine is running - I've done it a half dozen times myself, hitting it accidentally when I was going for the cruise "Set" button instead. It should spin the starter clutch , which will not engage, because the engine is already turning faster than the starter could crank it, so the starter will just spin on its own.

When you hear the clicking noise, is it coming from the starter itself, or is it one (or both) of the starter relays?

If you hit the starter button and hear the click, are you seeing 12 volts at the starter terminal?

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby robb » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:21 am

Check the dog bone fuse to right of battery. Good possibility battery is weak or a cable is loose or dirty connection at battery, starter or ever relay.

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby newday777 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:22 am

You will need to test each starter relay (2), starter, start switch, fuses, all as outlined in the repair manual as well as check each connection for clean and tight.
Also have the battery load tested at Autozone (free) . They sometimes will internally short. Post a reply what you find.
There may be some test procedures in the how to section of the forum.

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby rickmcdaniel » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:42 pm

Thanks for the info. I won't be able to work on the bike until this weekend so check this and will let you know what I find. I do know I am not getting any relay clicks at all. The headlight just dims out like the starter is shorting out.

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:06 pm

rickmcdaniel wrote:Thanks for the info. I won't be able to work on the bike until this weekend so check this and will let you know what I find. I do know I am not getting any relay clicks at all. The headlight just dims out like the starter is shorting out.


The headlight should be going OUT completely when you press the starter switch. The headlight is switched off through that switch, so that it gives more available power to the starter when the button is pressed.

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby rickmcdaniel » Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:54 pm

Yes it does go out completely. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to do some more checks. I will post what I find. Thanks for the help.

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:13 am

I often hit my starter button to flash my headlights at oncoming traffic to warn them of hazards on the road behind me/ahead of them, so you did no damage to yours doing the same. my best guess is that you have a loose connection somewhere. You said that the starter was just replaced recently so I would be looking at those connections first seeing as though they were undone just a little while ago and may not have been tightened up properly. Dont forget to check the ground cable as well. 8-)
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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby wiredgeorge » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:46 pm

There are two poles on your starter solenoid. Take a piece of heavy wire and touch the pole that comes from the battery and the other pole which is the lead to the starter. Since the starter ground on the frame, jumping should cause the starter to turn regardless of the key position. You might want to put the bike in neutral first, by the way. :lol: Anyway, if the starter doesn't spin the starter is bad... replace. If it spins, then the wire coming from your starter button is either not getting powered or has a broken connection. The power to the button comes from power coming in from the ignition switch generally first going through the kill switch. The button will generally have a metal stud that makes contact with a metal plate behind it (the stud is set in a spring) and this is a place where there are a lot of issues as the whole button affair wants to corrode because of the electricity going through it when pushed. Sometimes you can buy replacement button/spring units. Not sure on this Goldwing.
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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby rickmcdaniel » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:24 pm

Thanks. I will try that Sunday and see what happens.

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby rickmcdaniel » Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:00 pm

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and help. Turns out the start switch itself was bad and was feeding voltage to the starter all the time and burned it out. At least it is now working again.

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby newday777 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:08 am

Did you clean the switch contacts or replace the switch?

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Re: 1999 GL1500 starter won't engage

Postby rickmcdaniel » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:16 am

Replaced it. Works fine now.




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