cruise control 1997 goldwing SE


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cruise control 1997 goldwing SE

Postby pt1 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:29 pm



Looking for info on how to trouble shoot my cruise control . From what I can see all micro switchs closed at throttle and clutch. Is there any way to check continuity through circuit with out taking brake apart . Cruise on light comes on when switched. Cruise set does not .Where can i find a wiring diagram to trouble is there any where else I should look. Thought?



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Re: cruise control 1997 goldwing SE

Postby Andy Cote » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:48 am

This is your first post so welcome to the site. great info here and great people as well.

One of the buttons at the top of the page will link you to service manual infotrmation.

You can search crusie control and find that 95% of the time, this issue is related to the clutch lever or brake lever switch. Each has two buttons, one for the start in gear circuit or brake light activation and one for the cruise disconnect circuit. The switch gets worn and the lever bushing gets worn and suddenly the switch thinks the lever is pulled. When you pull the lever you should hear two distinct clicks. The swtiches can be removed and checked with a continuity meter. Some folks have disassembled the switches to repair them but to be honest, a new one right from mother Honda is not that expensive.

If the switches check out okay, check to see if the lever is really making full contact. Try pushing forward on the level or gluing a filler piece on that portion of the lever that contacts the switch.

Once in a while it's the foot brake switch. Same type techniques apply but it's harder to get to.
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Re: cruise control 1997 goldwing SE

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:33 am

As mentioned, the most common problem is normally switch related - and the clutch disconnect switch in particular.

There are a few things that can prevent the cruise control from enabling. If your brake lights turn on when you pull the brake lever or step on the pedal (and more importantly, the brake lights turn OFF when you let go), then your brake switches are not the issue.

The clutch lever has two switches. The cruise disconnect switch clicks when you first start pulling in the clutch lever. Often, the clutch lever bushing wears, and the lever does not go out far enough to disconnect this switch. Try pushing your clutch lever forward and see if it will engage then.

If not, then test the clutch disconnect switch (it has black/yellow and green/blue wires connected to it). Pull the wires off, put an ohmmeter on the switch terminals, and work the clutch lever. Make sure the terminals are shorted only when the clutch lever is pulled in. If not, the switch needs to be replaced.

There are other switches - throttle disconnect, gear position (making sure it is in 4th or 5th gear) that can cause this problem as well, checking those is a bit more involved. When it gets to diagnosing the cruise control, the diagnostic steps are quite lengthy and involved, so start with what we have here (the most common causes) and see where we get.

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Re: cruise control 1997 goldwing SE

Postby pt1 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:29 pm

Thanks for your input guys. Ive checked all the micro switchs I understand there are connection under seat not sure what is what under there though. Went out tonight for a ride , tried moving brake and clutch handles nothing. Took it out of OD into 4th no cruise. Cruise on light does come on. Cruise set does not. When i turn key into on position cruise on light and cruise set lights do come on for a couple of seconds then go out as they should.

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Re: cruise control 1997 goldwing SE

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:49 am

The next diagnostic steps involve removing (or at least undoing and pushing forward) the trunk in order to get to the cruise control module. If you're comfortable doing this, let me know and I'll tell you what to check next.

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Re: cruise control 1997 goldwing SE

Postby pt1 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:18 pm

Absolutely, let me know what i have to do once i'm under the trunk

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Re: cruise control 1997 goldwing SE

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:00 am

I'm away from my manuals at the moment, but have a look at this thread, as I posted several of the diagnostic pages here:

The never ending thread of Cruise Control problems




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