Electrical Problem

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Electrical Problem

Post by johnvaudo » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:41 am

Here is my situation..... 1992 GL1500SE, Rode it to school Yesterday with no problems. Bike started in my driveway backed up handled great on the 10 mile ride backed into parking spot at school great. idle it for a moment as I got off and took off gloves and helmet. cut it off. went to class came out an hour later, tried to start it key on radio on hit starter it died. no power in the start position anywhere no lights, radio, nothing... put in the ACCessory position have radio/clock but it is reset. battery fine fuses fine,

Any suggestions on where this problem is before I begin to tear the bike apart.


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Re: Electrical Problem

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:41 am

Use your test probe,turn the key on,probe the wires on both sides of the big fuse next to the battery.
Dogbone fuses can fracture...they can then carry a little power and fail as soon as the key is in the on position.
There is also the relays.Opposite side.Same problem.
Sub the main relay with the high beam relay to test.

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Re: Electrical Problem

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:42 am

Three things to check:

- Master fuse. It's a piece of metal held in with two screws inside a plastic cover. Check it - actually remove it and check for cracks, don't just look at it.

- Battery terminals. Make sure they are tight.

- Battery cables. These are the thick wires leading from each battery terminal. Make sure they are not loose inside, and that they are fastened securely at the other end as well. Try wiggling them to see if the bike comes back to life.

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Re: Electrical Problem

Post by NVSB4 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:44 am

WingAdmin wrote: - Master fuse. It's a piece of metal held in with two screws inside a plastic cover. Check it - actually remove it and check for cracks, don't just look at it.
When you are checking the dog-bone fuse, look for the spare that is usually attached to the cover.
If it is bad, the spare will save you a trip and get it running quicker. Just remember to get a replacement for the road.
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Re: Electrical Problem

Post by Fiberthree » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:12 pm

After checking that the battery terminals are tight, put a volt meter on the battery and note the voltage. Then turn the key on and check it again. I've had two batteries that have been O.K. for the radio but totally dead for starting. One was in service for six years before going dead suddenly and the other was one month old when one cell shorted. Both read ~ 12.4 volts until I turned the key. Then the were less than 4 v. The six year old battery did the same thing yours did. O.K. on my ride home, parked it for the night, next morning no response.


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