Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Post by rjones » Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:20 pm

my bike will turnover fine but will not fire

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Re: starting

Post by artgrantz » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:43 am

Let's start with the obvious. Did you bump the kill switch? Try moving the kill switch back and forth a couple of times, then put it in run and try starting.

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Re: starting

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:09 pm

An engine will run when 3 things happen..Fuel/air in the cylinder , compressing the mixture , and igniting the mixture.So one or more are not right.Either no gas or spark or enough compression.

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Re: starting

Post by landisr » Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:41 pm

Your battery might be weak. It may have enough 'juice' to spin the motor but not enough left to fire the coils. Try jump starting it. If it starts ok, then you're looking at battery maintenance/replacement.

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Re: starting

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:46 pm

A lot of times when the 1500 battery gets a bit low and worn out (i.e. CCA capacity is diminishing), it will not start when cranking, but when the starter is released it will then start. There isn't enough power to fire the spark plugs properly while cranking, but when you let go of the starter button, the starter stops drawing power, the plugs spark, and because the engine is still spinning, it catches and starts up.

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