98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen


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98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby Poohman » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:30 am



I have a couple of problems. I have a 1998 GL1500 SE and I am having a problem with my Brake light fuse 15Amp, blowing. the front brake did not work but after having my bike repainted the guy told me that he had it working once. I was wondering if the front brake switch could be shorting out internally and causing the fuse to blow. Does the front and back brake switch connect at the front brake handle switch? When I pushed the boot back and messed with the area where the 4 wires connect at the switch I can get it to work but still wants to blow the fuse. Where do I start the trouble shooting at.

Next Problem is the digital screen that display's the time and radio station is getting to the point where i can not see the station numbers and the time is almost all the way gone. Any fix to this or replace the digital display?

Thanks for all you help. I am going to see if I can attach a couple of pictures of the new color of Goldwing. Its called Candy Cobalt Blue.
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Re: 98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:03 pm

When the LCD starts to fail (usually with a large black mark creeping in from the side) the only repair is replacement.

Does your rear brake work OK? When you say the front brake "wants to blow the fuse" - what does this mean? Specifically what happens when you pull the front brake lever?

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Re: 98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:07 pm

Dang..Scott's always faster than I am.

You can test your front brake switch to see if it needs to be replaced (they're only $10).
Look at WingAdmin's (post #3) steps here

"Look at the switch on the front brake lever. It has several connectors on it:
The two we are interested in are the ones with the white/green stripe, and green/yellow stripe. Pull those two off the switch, and using a small wire or paperclip, with the ignition turned on, short those two wires together. Careful not to let that touch anything metal on the bike while doing it. The brake light should turn on. If it does, the problem is the switch - which is the problem 90% of the time. These switches just wear out - which is why Cyclemax keeps them in stock here
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Re: 98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby Poohman » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:40 pm

Ok I took the Green/white and Green/yellow strip wires off the switch and connected them together and the break light did not come on.

When I say the fuse blows when using the front brake it does not matter which brake that I use it blows the fuse. When I put on the back brake on the back lights get dim and then blows the fuse.

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Re: 98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby Up&Downer » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:50 pm

Sounds like you have a short in the wiring going directly to ground(metal).
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Re: 98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:11 am

You need to find the short first before doing anything else. The fuse blowing is protecting your wiring from melting and/or catching fire because of this short. Most of the time these shorts occur in or around the brake wiring at the back end of the bike. Do you by chance have wiring installed for a trailer?

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Re: 98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby Poohman » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:39 am

No I do not have a trailer. I have a license plate holder that has turn signal lights and a red light for break light. when the guy repainted the wing could he have done some type of wrong wiring on that? Now when I jiggle the front brake the brake light does come on. uhhhhhhh! ! ! ! now for some reason they are working again.

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Re: 98 gl1500se Brake Lights and Digital Screen

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:43 pm

Poohman wrote:No I do not have a trailer. I have a license plate holder that has turn signal lights and a red light for break light. when the guy repainted the wing could he have done some type of wrong wiring on that? Now when I jiggle the front brake the brake light does come on. uhhhhhhh! ! ! ! now for some reason they are working again.


I would first disconnect the license plate bracket, and check its wiring and connectors for a short. Aftermarket or user-installed wiring is the cause of short circuits the vast majority of the time.




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