GL1500SE Starting problems

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GL1500SE Starting problems

Post by Grasshopper » Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:58 pm


I have a 1993 GL1500SE Goldwing that won't start. Here's what it's doing...

When I turn on the key, the lights all come on as usual. When I hit the starter button, I hear a 'click' (the solenoid engaging the flywheel) and I hear a "whir" from the starter area, but the engine is not turning over. Someone said the battery might not have the necessary cranking power to turn the engine over, so I replaced the battery. It's still doing the same thing...the starter doesn't seem to have the power to turn over the engine, or the solenoid can't engage correctly. Let me state right here that I
m NOT a mechanic, but an mechicanically inclined, so I'm not afraid to tackle a job if I have the right info.

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? If I can't get any replies, I'm going to have to take on replacing the starter myself & see what, if anything, that will do.

Thanks for your help & expertise!!!

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Re: GL1500SE Starting problems

Post by BladeRunner9 » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:41 pm

Hey Grasshopper; I'm no mechanic either...but it sounds like the starter is not engaging. If you hear the starter motor "whrrring" then it's clearly getting power. Check here in the manuel downloads, it should tell you how to check that..... :idea:

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Re: GL1500SE Starting problems

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:05 pm

It could be a couple of things. If it's "not enough power", it could also mean "it's not getting enough power." Check your battery ground lead and the point on the frame it connects to. Also check the cables from the battery positive to the solenoid, as well as the solenoid to the starter.

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