1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start


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1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby The Bus Driver » Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:18 am



I know you were talking about the new 2018 Goldwing,but I wanted to interject with a re-curring problem I am having with my 1998 SE.Every now and then when pushing the starter button the lights dim,but the eigine doesn't start.This was happening only once in every 50 tries,now I am see this more often,and I am worried the bike is going to strand me somewhere.I'd like to know if you can point me in the right direction as to where to start to look to diagnose this problem.Thanks, The Bus Driver. (Tony)



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Re: 1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby rachester67 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:20 pm

Bus Driver start with some contact cleaner on the start switch may have to open up the handle to get in there good but a buddy had the same problem with an 1800 and that did the trick. Had to get into the handle on the 1800 to get it good.

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Re: 1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:51 am

Lights dim?
Not the push switch.Clean and tighten both battery cables first.Dimming lights is lack of power.

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Re: 1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby The Bus Driver » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:22 pm

Well I thought the lights were dimming because the battery power was being shunted to the starter,but thanks for the tip,i am due for battery service anyway.Here in Florida I'm checking the battery regularly.

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Re: 1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby The Bus Driver » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:25 pm

Also,I'll take the grip apart to spray contact cleaner on the starter button.Thanks for the help.

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Re: 1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby MikeB » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:39 pm

The Bus Driver wrote:Well I thought the lights were dimming because the battery power was being shunted to the starter,but thanks for the tip,i am due for battery service anyway.Here in Florida I'm checking the battery regularly.

The headlights should go out and not go dim when you press the START button.
Dimming headlights when the start button is depressed shows that the headlight relay is not opening like it is supposed to. Possibly because the start switch has not been fully depressed which opens the circuit to the headlight relay. A fully depressed start switch is supposed to remove power from the headlight relay coil. Conversely, when the start button is released, the power should be restored to the headlight relay coil and the lights should come back on. That's why when you notice that your headlight is out while riding, flicking the start button can bring it back to life.
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Re: 1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby The Bus Driver » Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:56 am

Thanks Mike, The last time I had this problem,it was light out,so it was really hard to tell if the headlight went completely out or not.This weekend I plan to take the grip apart and try to spray some contact cleaner on the starter button.Then maybe check the relays out for corrosion.Thanks again. (Tony)--

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Re: 1998 GL1500 lights dim, engine doesn't start

Postby FM-USA » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:12 pm

The Bus Driver wrote:Thanks Mike, The last time I had this problem,it was light out,so it was really hard to tell if the headlight went completely out or not.This weekend I plan to take the grip apart and try to spray some contact cleaner on the starter button.Then maybe check the relays out for corrosion.Thanks again. (Tony)--

Get a spray can of electrical contact cleaner, alternate spraying it and compressed air dry a half dozen times.
If that takes care of the problem, one squirt of any product like 'Liquid Wrench' (not WD-40, it gums up) and compress air it into the switch.
I did that to mine MONTHS ago and it's still working.


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