GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise


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GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby TomOhio » Sun May 22, 2016 5:13 pm



I have a 1993 GL1500 SE put a new battery in, tried starting it up, have lights, horn, etc. but won't start, just hearing a clicking noise down by fusebox on left side.....any ideas what it might be, what I should check out? :?:



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Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby AndaPrayer » Mon May 23, 2016 11:08 am

Not sure about your bike but in general - the obvious tests which I have failed numerous times - clutch in, kill switch on but that is not your problem. Was new battery fully charged or just have enough for lights etc? Does your headlight dim when you try to start?

You could check power at the starter while you are starting and work back from there.

Hope it is a simple fix for you!

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Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby keithg64 » Mon May 23, 2016 7:36 pm

The clicking is the starter solenoid. Check the volts at the battery while trying to start, should have 12.4 before starting and around 11.3 while starting. I think less than 11 it won't start. New battery have been know to be bad before.
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Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby Mh434 » Tue May 24, 2016 12:22 pm

My thinking, too. Either a low battery, or a bad solenoid. Try rapping on the solenoid with a screwdriver handle while trying to crank it. If it then cranks & starts, the solenoid is the problem.

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Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby ct1500 » Tue May 24, 2016 5:05 pm

The clicking on the LEFT side is simply the headlight relay dropping out as designed when starter button pushed, only now can you hear it because there is a fault in the start system.

Neutral light work? Have you tried starting by pulling in the clutch?
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Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby deanjenn » Wed May 25, 2016 3:14 pm

Did it turn over before you changed the battery? Might possibly be a bad connection on the ground cable also. I always like to check the simple stuff first. Usually I get in a hurry when I'm about done working on things and want to see if it's better. LOL


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Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby FM-USA » Thu May 26, 2016 9:56 am

Mh434 wrote:My thinking, too. Either a low battery, or a bad solenoid. Try rapping on the solenoid with a screwdriver handle while trying to crank it. If it then cranks & starts, the solenoid is the problem.

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Re: GL1500 SE No Start but CLICKING noise

Postby johnw3 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:32 pm

Had similar problem with my 93 Aspencade. Look at the Bank Angle Switch. It's between the right bag and frame. I removed my switch and bypassed with jumper wire. Since doing this my cruise doesn't work. Haven't got back to it yet. but I assume they share a ground. Honda no longer offers this switch and any you find are old stock. I intend to replace with switch off a newer bike. This switch kills the engine in the event the bike falls or leans to far.
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