My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....


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My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby revival » Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:37 pm



So....hello guys. I sincerely hope you can all help me.

I took on the project of doing some major maintenance to my Dad's 97 Aspencade GL1500.

I put on new tires, new brakes, new clutch master, upgraded the front forks, rebuilt/cleaned the carbs, changed the oil, flushed the radiator and asst. other simple maintenance jobs.

Regardless.....after reassembling it all I found that the bike will not start. No spark, no fuel pump turn on.

I have about 15 hours worth of time into diagnosing it all using the factory manual. I've checked every single sensor for proper function and all connections. NOTHING! I only had one slight fault that showed the 5th gear sensor as sorta stuck on? (the OD light ONLY comes on when it is in 5th, so I'm assuming that it is in fact working)

I even to the point where I decided the ECM somehow went bad with it just apart on my lift. I bought a newsed one locally and swapped it out.....NOTHING! Same result!

Anyone got a clue here what you would check to come up with an answer?

Don't say the emergency Kill switch as this was the FIRST thing I checked.

PLEASE HELP!?!?



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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby framickie » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:06 pm

sometimes its the simple things
i've never riden the 1500 but check the kill switch (sorry but hadto say it)
pull the clutch in
put side stand up
all these things have caught me out before
good luck and hope it is something simple

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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby HALBUDD » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:15 pm

Could it be stuck in reverse? Just a thought heard another guy had put his in reverse and did some what the same thing. good luck Hal
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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:13 pm

HALBUDD wrote:Could it be stuck in reverse? Just a thought heard another guy had put his in reverse and did some what the same thing. good luck Hal


That's the first thing I thought of. The reverse lever has a microswitch on it, and if the lever is slightly engaged, or the switch is out of alignment slightly, it won't start. Try pulling the reverse on, then pushing it fully off and see if it fixes it. If not, try pushing the reverse lever forward with a bit of force while trying to start, in case the switch isn't quite getting engaged.

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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby starfleetengineer » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:55 pm

Does the bike light up when you turn the key on? If so something that happened to my 84 v65 magna was the key switch contacts were dirty and made no contact when trying to start. Made just enough to turn on the lights and that was it. Also try jumping the starter selinoid and see if it cranks. Also see if you have power to the starter when you try to start it. Jump the clutch wires together and see what that does. Also see if you have power from the starter switch at the selinoid when you push the button. If you can find the open, you can back trace it easy.
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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby dingdong » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:21 am

To be sure of your problem...Are you saying the starter will turn the engine over but it won't fire?
Or?
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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby artgrantz » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:32 am

There are two ignition pulse generators that send a signal when the engine is turning. This signal enables the spark and fuel pump. It is shown in the ignition system wiring diagram in my Clymer Manual. The pulse generators are located behind the timing belt cover.
Maybe while working you loosened or damaged the wires or a connector.
You can physically trace the wires to a connector then use an ohmmeter to test the generators. There should be some continuity and both should be about the same. Trace the wires all the way to the ECU looking for damage.
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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby revival » Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:54 am

Yes....all the things you mentioned are spot on and were checked.

The good news is we got it to start last night. Apparently we didn't seat the plug correctly on the ECM! SO FRUSTRATING! We spent hours trying to chase it all back to the ECM and somehow it really was just a bad connection AT the source.

Oh well...at least it runs again. It's time now to put it all together and take it for a 30 mile test ride!

Yay!

Thanks everyone for the input!

A

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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby robb » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:55 pm

Good to see you got it running.

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Re: My Dad's Goldwing is killing me slowly....

Postby vtxcandyred » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:59 pm

I never got to ask, did it run before????????? Good for you. Hope it runs just like you expect it to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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