1991 1500 SE electrical problem


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1991 1500 SE electrical problem

Postby goldbike » Sun May 25, 2014 10:25 pm



Was out riding today and after 4th stop . Turned on key and nothing , no instruments no lights no starter. Only signals and horn worked for a short time then nothing Batt. has 12.8 volts . ALL fuses checked and tested OK. batt. connections all tight. Could this be a relay problem ? Have not checked them yet. Turn on key and radio and clock light up. This has me stumped. Any ideas.



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Re: 1991 1500 SE electrical problem

Postby ct1500 » Mon May 26, 2014 4:15 pm

Just checking voltage of battery while static does not tell you much it needs to be load tested to check its' health. And while there spend the extra 10 seconds to see what the charging voltage is.
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Re: 1991 1500 SE electrical problem

Postby Mh434 » Mon May 26, 2014 5:29 pm

First things I would check would be the kill switch and the ignition switch. A fault in either can cause all sorts of weird problems. A bike I used to have would do that - switching the ignition on & off a bunch of times would fix it, temporarily...

Likewise the kill switch. In Goldwings, they can cause all kinds of symptoms once they start to act up. Often, cleaning their guts will bring them back to life (lots of threads hereabouts on cleaning handlebar switches, starting with simply blasting contact cleaner into the switches from the outside...that was what fixed my bike!)

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Re: 1991 1500 SE electrical problem

Postby goldbike » Tue May 27, 2014 10:27 am

Got in running yesterday morning. Took off relay cover which was a job to get it past saddle bag brackets and seat edge . Then I turned on key and all dash lights came on. Hit starter and bike fired up . As it was hard to remove relay cover I wondered if it moved # 3 relay which is marked as main. Maybe #3 was not making a good contact. Removed all relays one by one and sprayed with contact cleaner to terminals and plugin, and used dielectric grease to to terminals. Now to get that cover back on will have to remove seat to get saddle bag to clear for cover replaced. Oh well that`s the way it goes when you do all your own repairs.
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