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1racer36
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gl1500 clock

Postby 1racer36 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:43 pm



Having trouble with the clock. Some times it works for days and some times it takes days for it to come on. Some times it will start late in the morning and run until next morning, It will still be running until I put the wing in gear, then the display freezes... It will stay this way for about 1/2 to 1 hr With the ignition shut off!!!!
When I turn the ignition back on after about 1hr, it will start again and I have to re-set the clock. I have cleaned the ignition switch and replaced and cleaned the main 20 amp relay. This helped for a little while but then it starts all over again.
When it does run, it keeps good time.
Anyone out there with any suggestions????
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Bluewaterhooker0
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Motorcycle: 1997 Goldwing GL 1500 SE

Re: gl1500 clock

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:25 pm

Do a search on GL1500 LCD, and clock issues. It a well known and documented problem on some of the 1500's. Plenty of reading material out there.

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Re: gl1500 clock

Postby Mh434 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:21 am

Sounds like a relay issue to me. The relays reside in the box (behind the front edge of the left saddlebag), and there are quite a few. If the clock simply reset (and the radio lost its presets) every time you turned off the ignition, it would point to a blown fuse (#8, I believe - basically, hidden in with the relays, above), but for something that comes & goes, my money's on a relay that's dying. I just had the same issue - clock stayed on sometimes, even with the ignition off, and didn't keep time. I also noted that my taillights were not working when this happened. I didn't have a spare relay, so tapping on it (#3, the top right relay when facing the relay box) with a screwdriver handle had to suffice. That actually worked, for several weeks - the taillights came back, the clock display went out when the ignition was off, and the clock kept time. I've since replaced the relay.

WingAdmin offers the best deal you're going to find on replacement relays, here on GoldwingDocs. If that's your problem, order several - if one's dying, others are sure to follow in short order. I now carry spares, obtained from WingAdmin.

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Re: gl1500 clock

Postby dingdong » Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:41 am

There is also the possibility of the connections behind the relay box being defective. Very common problem.
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1racer36
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Re: gl1500 clock

Postby 1racer36 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:27 pm

The relay was replaced last May when it failed on a trip to Pa. The dealer cleaned and replaced the part. Every thing was working after that. The next AM the clock was off again. Came on after about 1/2 hour. I just removed all relays and checked all fuses including the 2 in the relay box. All good. Sprayed every thing with contact cleaner. Still did not come on. Some times it will work for days, other times the unit will freeze after starting the engine and stay frozen for 20-30min before display goes out. Will come on a gain after 10-15 min.
Going to take the dash apart and check under there for any problems. Also used contact cleaner in the switch assy...
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Re: gl1500 clock

Postby Mh434 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:10 pm

If it's any help, my clock display disappears while parked when it's damp (even just high humidity), and comes back again after 10-15 minutes' riding when the heat from the engine warms up the display module. This is a known issue on the '97 and '98 'Wings (mostly on the '97's, from what I've read). I have no idea what the actual, physical problem is but, in my concern over it becoming a permanent problem (and because I live in an area where rain is perpetual, 9 months of the year), when my bike is parked for the winter I leave a small heater with fan blowing up into the top of the forks area.

On second look, I see you appear to have a GL1800, and as this issue is normally associated to GL1500's, I have no idea if there's any similarity in LCD systems (probably not). Wish I could offer more ideas, but now I'm fresh out! I sure wish you luck with the problem, though!




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