89 1500 dieing

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89 1500 dieing

Post by cedobihal » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:41 pm

I have a 1989 gl1500 that in frequently just dies. I was just riding at posted speeds for a couple hours. I had 100 miles on the tank of fuel and at 55 miles an hour the engine just quit. Pulling in the clutch, she'd turn over but not start. I coasted to a stop. It would turn over but not start. I choked it full and it blubbered but wouldn't run. 30 minutes later it fired up like nothing ever happened. Anyone seen this before? :?:

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Re: 89 1500 dieing

Post by virgilmobile » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:36 pm

Possible causes.
First is lack of fuel..plugged fuel filter.
Cracked vacuum line feeding the auto shutoff valve.
Leaking auto shutoff valve(pinhole in the diaphragm)
Gas cap one way valve plugged (vacuum in the tank)...when it happens again,loosen the gas cap.
Intermittent kill switch
Intermittent relay...#3 I think.
Intermittent bank angle sensor.
When it dies again,use a spare spare plug,pull one wire and see if it has spark when it wont run.
Determine first if it ran out of fuel or spark before you throw parts at it.

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Re: 89 1500 dieing

Post by Ed Z » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:48 am

Most likely your fuel pump is not working... The tank is high enough that gravity will work for the first part of it but not as the fuel gets lower in the tank... So, check to see if power is making it to the pump and if so, then the pump itself is bad... Might also be a good idea to rebuld the fuel shutoff valve while your in there... Do check the vacuum lines runing to it... Not to easy to do witht he carbs in it and the carbs are not easy to remove (coolant lines are really tuff to get at and are no longer available for your year)...I can tell ya how to convert to the newer coolant path if it becomes required... Does require getting some replacement metal pipes and a newer style water pump cover...

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... 8744/20457

Fuel pump info

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-g ... y-fix.html

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