1989 GL1500 won't start


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Straydogg
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1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:33 pm



OK...today it was 60 degrees for the first time in quite a while. When I got home from work I decided to start up the old girl. It's been on a battery tender since the weather turned to cold. Maybe 3 months. I have started it once since then with no problems. Today I disconnected the charger, which shows a full charge, hit the key and the start button and ...nothing. No crank, no clicking, nothing. Radio, lights and everything working good. Kill switch in the right spot. Side stand up or down doesn't seem to matter. Clutch in or out doesn't matter. Not in reverse. Nothing happens. Lights don't dim. What am I missing here? After about 15 minutes I just walked away. Any ideas? :?



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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by AZgl1800 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:42 pm

I hope that you did not get a visitor from the mice and rat clan.

I did a couple winters back, totally devoured the wiring harness on a very expensive Snapper Zero Turn mower.
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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:11 pm

Did the headlight go out when you pushed the start button.?
It's also possible the main relay is not working well.The relays can be swapped around to find out.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:04 pm

Headlight doesn't even dim when I hit the start button. Absolutely nothing happens. No mice.....lol

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by eastkytriker » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:55 am

You said clutch makes no difference in or out. Are you in neutral and do you have a neutral light and 1989 i assume you have a lever for reverse, make sure it is pushed all the way down. Happened to me once and that can be a head scratcher. Let us know what you found.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:39 am

Only thing I didn't check is reverse handle. Don't know how that could be the problem because I have started it since it's been parked and didn't use reverse but I will check that tonight. All lights are normal.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:28 am

Straydogg wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:04 pm
Headlight doesn't even dim when I hit the start button. Absolutely nothing happens. No mice.....lol
I thought all goldwings turned off the headlights when the start button was pushed.
All of mine did.Is your start button working correctly?

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:40 am

That's what I thought too. My '83 did that I think. I'll check that tonight. May just need cleaned up.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:26 pm

Straydogg wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:40 am
That's what I thought too. My '83 did that I think. I'll check that tonight. May just need cleaned up.
Well, I walked by my bike in the garage again and decided to try starting it. Hit the button and it started right up. I think the button must be really dirty. I'm gonna go over all the buttons and clean everything. It's time to start maintenance with Spring not all that far away. Air filter will be one of the bigger jobs along with those little filters for the cruise and the sub air filter. I just found out they even existed. New vented windshield on the list too. Maybe new speakers. Boy, I have lots to do. Better get started...... :shock:

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by DaveO430 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:59 pm

Straydogg wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:39 am
Only thing I didn't check is reverse handle. Don't know how that could be the problem because I have started it since it's been parked and didn't use reverse but I will check that tonight. All lights are normal.
That is really the only thing that makes sense. The headlight switch part of the start switch is a normally closed switch that opens when you push the button, no magic. When in reverse that switch is bypassed and the headlight stays on when you push the switch. Maybe some gremlin is messing with you.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:56 pm

Yep...makes sense....got a lot of checking to do before the weather changes...thanks

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:12 pm

This stuff is cheap even at Home Depot,
get some, it will last you a lifetime of cleaning contacts.

https://www.amazon.com/CRC-5103-Quick-E ... 959&sr=1-1
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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:34 am

Yep. Good stuff. I use it too. Thanks

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Techdude2000 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:43 pm

If you have a good neutral light, then the reverse lever is not the culprit.

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Re: 1989 GL1500 won't start

Post by Straydogg » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:24 am

All lights are normal. When I pushed the button nothing at all happened. It's gotta be a dirty switch. Like I said, a few days later I tried it again and it fired right up. Gotta be the switch I think.



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