99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem


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99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem

Postby Whopper Stopper » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:09 pm



I had a couple tense moments where when I went to start my bike the starter was dead. I finally figured out that the problem is the kill switch. Just a slight bump and it kills the starter. As long as the Cruise On light shows the starter works fine. As touchy as it is I am concerned that just a bump in the road may cause the bike to kill.

Can anyone help with suggestions for fixes preferably easy ones? I have been doing a lot of searching and have found very little help.

Thanks in advance for any replies!

WS



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Re: 99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:32 pm

I'd take it apart and give it a good hosing out with a quality electrical contact cleaner (like CRC, NOT WD-40).

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Re: 99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem

Postby Whopper Stopper » Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:59 am

Thanks for the reply. Am I opening a can of worms digging into it or is the switch easy to access ? I hate surprise's.

WS

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Re: 99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem

Postby bellboy40 » Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:15 pm

Just remove the screws on the bottom of the switch housing and you can then separate the switch halves. You then have access to the kill switch. Try tightening the screws holding the wires to the kill switch. They have been known to get loose. Or you could just put both wires under the same screw and that will bypass the switch altogether.

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Re: 99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem

Postby Whopper Stopper » Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:31 pm

Thank You both very much! I will give it a go next week.

WS

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Re: 99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem

Postby Charlie1Horse » Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:57 pm

I recently had that problem with my 92 Interstate while on a Wednesday morning ride with the guys for lunch. It just quit on the ride. After having it trailered home and spending a day tracing the wiring diagram and seeking help here I found that after 23 years and 78,000 miles the vibrations at the handlebar had loosened the terminals under the kill switch. I tightened them and problem solved. My remedy is to write on my bike's registration form "CHECK KILL SWITCH" so that once a year when I get ready to renew my registration I am reminded to check these terminal screws. Then I write this on the next registration for next year's reminder. It only takes 5 minutes to check once a year and it doesn't cause a problem any more. Oh, BTW, don't put both wires under the same screw. It defeats the purpose of the kill switch and the one screw will be one or two threads less screwed in and can loosen up even easier than before. I hope this helps.

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Re: 99 1500 Goldwing SE kill switch problem

Postby Whopper Stopper » Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:11 am

Thanks to all who took the time to reply and share.
I went to the Auto parts store and bought a can of the recommended spray. Everything went off just as you all said it would.
End result was 15 minutes later (I am slow) the switch we worked like new. I also hosed the cruise control buttons out as the looked pretty gummy.
Thanks again!

WS




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