Electrical Problems


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Pence
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Electrical Problems

Postby Pence » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:03 pm



I have a 1988 Goldwing GL1500. I was riding this weekend and stopped at at a traffic light. The bike went dead. I tried to crank it and it wouldn't even turn over. The LED on the clock began flashing and it was completely dead. A friend jumped it off and I did not have any problems the rest of the day.
This morning it cranked right up. The battery is new. I have had this problem several times before.
Can anyone offer any information?



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robb
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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby robb » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:55 pm

Sounds like the alternator is going out. Might want to check batery cables, loose ground will not allow battery to charge. When you jumped battery it could have moved wires enough to make contact only to loose it at a later time.

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virgilmobile
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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:10 pm

While your there,replace the dog-bone fuse and fix the stator wiring at the plug.

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dingdong
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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby dingdong » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:24 am

virgilmobile wrote:While your there,replace the dog-bone fuse and fix the stator wiring at the plug.

Dogbone yes. Stator no. This is a 1500. Alternator yes.
Tom

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Pence
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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby Pence » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:00 pm

Thanks to all of you! The alternator must be charging. When I jumped it off and drove it back home, approx. 5 miles away, the battery had enough charge to crank it. I have tried it several times since and it cranks right up. I cranked it this morning and it was 32 degrees. Thanks again!

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Re: Electrical Problems

Postby ekcyclerepair » Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:40 pm

Can't say for sure that this is the problem but the alternator would be a good place to start. The brushes are known to get stuck and will cause intermittent charging problems. If it is a stuck brush problem, then at some point it will stop charging altoghether. It's fairly easy to disassemble the alternator and check the brushes. Just check to see if theyre stuck in the holders and also check for excessive wear. Wouldn't be a bad idea to go ahead and replace them at that point.
Good luck and let us know what you find.

Ernie




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