NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??


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NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby KEVS89WING » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:37 pm



Just got the 89 wing running beautifully! However, The cruise control does not work. I can turn it on, And the light comes on that says "cruise on", But I try to push the button at 65 mph, and it does not set itself. The "cruise set" light does not come on. I have also noticed that the OD light does not light up in fifth gear either. Are these two linked together? Does the OD light have to be on for the cruise to work? Or can cruise be set in any gear? This bike had been stored for several years. I just now went through it and got it running with tuneup, all new fluids, timing belts, carbs rebuilt, etc. Now just getting the fancy things together on it. Detailed it and things like that, but the cruise control doesn't work. Or is there a fuse I should be looking for?


1989 GL1500 Goldwing, loaded
71,000 miles
RESCUED ON 4-24-13 FROM A 5 YEAR NAP IN SOMEONE'S SHED
Maintenance completed: EVERY fluid, every filter, timing belts, fuel pump, and carb rebuild! As of 6-7-13, SHE IS UP AND RUNNING like a smooth beast now!

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:04 pm

They sure are. The cruise control will not set unless it sees the transmission is in 4th or 5th gear. The way it knows what gear you're in is by reading the gear position switch. If the gear position switch is not working (or has become disconnected) not only will you not get an "OD", you won't get any cruise control.

Does your Neutral light come on in neutral? If so, that's a good sign, because it means the switch is still connected. Does your cruise control work if you are in fourth gear?

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby KEVS89WING » Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:54 am

Ok, well, yes the neutral light works. (It didn't at first, and I had to spray contact cleaner in the little switch by the reverse lever) So the transmission position switch must still be hooked up because the neutral light works as and when it should. I haven't tried the cruise in 4th gear yet. I will try that today!
1989 GL1500 Goldwing, loaded
71,000 miles
RESCUED ON 4-24-13 FROM A 5 YEAR NAP IN SOMEONE'S SHED
Maintenance completed: EVERY fluid, every filter, timing belts, fuel pump, and carb rebuild! As of 6-7-13, SHE IS UP AND RUNNING like a smooth beast now!

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby KEVS89WING » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:23 am

Well, no cruise in 4th gear either. I looked in the manual, and I found out that there are SO MANY switches and cruise-related connections that I don't have the ambition to try and troubleshoot anything today. Heck, I am gonna wait for a rainy summer day when I can open the garage door and troubleshoot everything and have a few beers! Thanks for the replies
1989 GL1500 Goldwing, loaded
71,000 miles
RESCUED ON 4-24-13 FROM A 5 YEAR NAP IN SOMEONE'S SHED
Maintenance completed: EVERY fluid, every filter, timing belts, fuel pump, and carb rebuild! As of 6-7-13, SHE IS UP AND RUNNING like a smooth beast now!

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby KEVS89WING » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:39 pm

UPDATE! I took a long screwdriver and tapped (more like banged) on the foot brake cruise switch and wiggled every other cruise-control related cut-off switch, and WHAT DO YA KNOW!!?! The cruise control now works!! One of them must have been stuck from sitting for 5 years, and I must have freed it up! Gotta love getting lucky like that!
1989 GL1500 Goldwing, loaded
71,000 miles
RESCUED ON 4-24-13 FROM A 5 YEAR NAP IN SOMEONE'S SHED
Maintenance completed: EVERY fluid, every filter, timing belts, fuel pump, and carb rebuild! As of 6-7-13, SHE IS UP AND RUNNING like a smooth beast now!

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:40 am

Ya those switches are very sensitive. I usually give the clutch lever a very light tap to disengage the cruise as I am coasting to a stop.
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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby Mag » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:42 am

KEVS89WING wrote:UPDATE! I took a long screwdriver and tapped (more like banged) on the foot brake cruise switch and wiggled every other cruise-control related cut-off switch, and WHAT DO YA KNOW!!?! The cruise control now works!! One of them must have been stuck from sitting for 5 years, and I must have freed it up! Gotta love getting lucky like that!


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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby KEVS89WING » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:20 pm

Absolutely! Today it didn't come on once, and I flicked the clutch lever, and it then set the cruise! I think the sticky switch (or corroded wiring) is in the clutch. But I can get it to set at cruising speeds every time now! I love this Cadillac of a cruise missle!
1989 GL1500 Goldwing, loaded
71,000 miles
RESCUED ON 4-24-13 FROM A 5 YEAR NAP IN SOMEONE'S SHED
Maintenance completed: EVERY fluid, every filter, timing belts, fuel pump, and carb rebuild! As of 6-7-13, SHE IS UP AND RUNNING like a smooth beast now!

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby landisr » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:36 am

The cruise on my 94A wouldn't set for a while. Started being an intermittent problem, then got progressively worse until I couldn't set it at all. It turned out to be a worn tab on the clutch lever that wouldn't completely depress the microswitch. A temporary solution was to wrap two or three rounds of black electrical tape around the tab on the lever until the lever could be replaced. I can't complain about little bugaboo's like this when the bike has 163,000 miles on it and still purrs like a kitten.

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby KEVS89WING » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:31 am

Ron, WOW. 163k! Fantastic. I hope I get that out of this ole girl too. Yep, my cruise works properly about 80% of the time, but every once in a while, when it won't set the speed, I just flick the clutch lever, and boom. Cruising! The switch at the clutch lever must still be a bit sticky.
And also, my OD light used to only work intermittently, but I did some highway cruising in 5th gear, and it musta freed up the OD switch in the tranny, cause now it always comes on in top gear!
It does NO good to let a bike sit unridden in a shed for years! All the switches get gummed up and stuck in place!
1989 GL1500 Goldwing, loaded
71,000 miles
RESCUED ON 4-24-13 FROM A 5 YEAR NAP IN SOMEONE'S SHED
Maintenance completed: EVERY fluid, every filter, timing belts, fuel pump, and carb rebuild! As of 6-7-13, SHE IS UP AND RUNNING like a smooth beast now!

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Re: NO CRUISE, NO "OD" light! Are they linked??

Postby landisr » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:41 am

You bet. Glad things are working better.


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