1500 hard to start when engine is cold


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1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby billy7871 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:42 pm



Hey guys my uncles 1500 is very hard to start when the engine is cold. He turns is over and over adjusting the choke till it floods or the battery runs down. After charging the battery a wile it will finally start. If we stop any where it will start right up every time till the next day or weekend when we ride again. It sound to me like the choke is not working right but I do not know much about bikes. The choke does work because he adjusts it when it does start. What can we do or check?
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Re: 1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby ejones0310 » Sat May 01, 2010 3:33 pm

I think the answer lies in recharging the battery fixes the problem until the next time. It sounds like your battery is going dead.

Goldwings are funny animals. When the battery is weak, there will be enough juice to turn the engine over just fine, but the draw from turning the engine over doesn't leave enough for the electronic ignition to create a spark. Usually when this happens the engine will turn over but not fire until you release the starter switch. At that time, the available current goes back up and the engine coasts just long enough from the starter turning it over so that it fires and starts up. When it's cold, it is harder to start, so you end up charging the battery. When the battery is charged up you have enough current for a short while to power the starter and the ignition system.

Next time try jumping the battery and see if it starts right up. If it does, that verifies that its a bad battery.

If you will invest in a battery maintainer, your next battery will last much longer. Notice I said battery maintainer, not battery charger.
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Re: 1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby billy7871 » Sat May 01, 2010 10:17 pm

Got a new battery and its still hard to start.
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Re: 1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby heidebill » Fri May 07, 2010 8:18 pm

I have the same problem, and it has been recomended to replace the battery, but like you once it is started I am OK, I just have to go and get a new Battery
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Re: 1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby zipperdog » Thu May 02, 2013 11:12 pm

This sounds exactly like my issue. It has started very hard in the morning. After cranking and cranking, when I leave off the starter it fires....barely and chugs at a very low rpm for a bit, then is fine. Starts easily the rest of the day. The battery is three yrs old so will give it a new one and see what happens. Thanks.
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Re: 1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby Fiberthree » Fri May 03, 2013 12:26 am

How may miles on your spark plugs? If the gap is too big it will also cause hard starting.
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Re: 1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby zipperdog » Fri May 03, 2013 7:41 am

Just had them replaced this spring. If the battery doesn't solve the issue I will pull them and check them. Thanks for the reply
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Re: 1500 hard to start when engine is cold

Postby rtaylor137 » Fri May 03, 2013 9:59 am

Mine does this occasionally too. Crank, crank, crank and no start until I release the starter button. Since I have started keeping a battery tender hooked up the problem has gone away. Never an issue on a warm engine tough.


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