1989 1500 Cranks but won't start


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1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby mochuckster » Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:28 pm



Checked all fuses, new battery, new starter solenoid, it doesn't even sputter. Any ideas would be greatlying appreciated. Thank you and God Bless.



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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby Fiberthree » Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:00 pm

That's not much to go on. Let's see... you need three things for it to run. Fuel, Air, and Spark. One of those is missing.

When did it last run? You said it has a new battery and starter solenoid. Why were these replaced? Have you verified that you have spark? Check the kill switch. I have bumped mine and not known it.
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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby mochuckster » Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:54 am

few months since it last ran, I did pull a spark plug/grounded it and there was no spark. This is a friends motorcycle and I trying to get it back running. I put fresh gasoline in tank, new battery because the old one was dead. Then got a new starter solenoid because it would only crank when you crossed the terminals. The kill switch was the first suspect when it would not start, it's on. I was tired yesterday from roofing a house and thought I had stated it did not have spark, sorry for that being left off. Thank you for the response and God Bless

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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby n8dogg » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:11 am

My 91 did the same thing to me last summer. After taking everything apart all it was was the screws on the kill switch had become loose tighten them up and fired right up.

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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby mochuckster » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:04 am

Thanks, I give that a try. God Bless

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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby seelyark1 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:31 am

You said that you checked the fuses, but did you check the relays? On mine, relays 3 and 6 are related to the ignition. I would just try switching from one spot to another as a quick check. If it is a relay then it will show your problem moving to another area. :)
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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby spiralout » Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:44 am

Fiberthree wrote:That's not much to go on. Let's see... you need three things for it to run. Fuel, Air, and Spark. One of those is missing.

Can't forget compression. This Yamaha Waverunner had fuel and spark but only 5 psi on this cylinder. No go

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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby Charlie1Horse » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:33 pm

Try removing the kill switch and checking the two terminal screws underneath. Many miles and years of vibration can and will cause these connectors to loosen and then you will loose spark and fuel pump. My 92 Interstate quit on the road one day last year. After towing it home and checking everything I could I checked the kill switch and after tightening these screws it hasn't given any more trouble. Now I check them once a year to be sure. Only takes 5 minutes.
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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby mochuckster » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:15 am

Thank you all for your responses, I will give each one a try.

Here's a question for you Goldwing experts. If the side stand light is on and the neutral light does not come on , would that keep it from the motorcycle from starting, like when you put it in gear with side stand down and it kills the engine. If the neutral safety switch is bad and the system thinks it is in gear, could this prevent it from firing up?

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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby seelyark1 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:27 am

In a word, yes! Raise the side stand and pull in the clutch.
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Re: 1989 1500 Cranks but won't start

Postby mochuckster » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:11 pm

That was it, the side stand switch was bent, I straightened it and WD40'd it and the bike started!!!!!!

Again, thanks to all who responded and God Bless. As us southerners say "Ya'll are fine people!"




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