Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE


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Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby gmlblaylock » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:05 pm



Hi all, was wondering if somebody perhaps has some knowledge they could share with me about my 1996 GL1500SE radio. I'l lhave a go at explaining the problems and i would be more than grateful if anybody has the tiniest piece of info.
My radio has very low volume, we have had a go with the mute buttons and such but it still remains very quiet.
The cassette lid will not open, we have never used it but it is a bonus if it works then we can try it out, also the channels will not store, the radio finds the stations but they won't keep.
I have read lots about similar problems and I kind of know that it may involve a blown 5AMP (back up) fuse in the black relay box next to the fuse box. I have managed to get so far but the 'lid' of the relay box is onvery tight, does anybody know how to get this off??, also does anybody know of any other reasons why my radio might be playing up?? thank you

(this is my first post, hope i've managed to put it in the right section) : )

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby Bbwelder » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:10 am

You're in the right place.I would call Sierra electronics they are Very good with these radios.

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby gmlblaylock » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:26 pm

thank you very much, will try them. Going to write an email as not so sure how it works phoning the US from the UK. was wondering would anybody happen to know how to remove the cover from the relay box? i have got so far but a bit dubious and don't want to break anything. will appreciate any answers, thank you all.

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:39 pm

gmlblaylock wrote:thank you very much, will try them. Going to write an email as not so sure how it works phoning the US from the UK. was wondering would anybody happen to know how to remove the cover from the relay box? i have got so far but a bit dubious and don't want to break anything. will appreciate any answers, thank you all.


Sierra can be found here.

Calling the US (or Canada) from the UK is simple - just dial 001 plus the number. You can't call 800 numbers, but Sierra's local (non-800) number is (937) 335-8939. So just dial 001 (937) 335-8939 from the UK and you'll get through to them.

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby dingdong » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:37 am

There is a tab at the top of the lid that you have to press to get it off. Remove the seat to get a better look.
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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby gmlblaylock » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:30 pm

dingdong wrote:There is a tab at the top of the lid that you have to press to get it off. Remove the seat to get a better look.

Thank you for your advice, I have removed the securing fasteners top and bottom holding the fuse box in place. This allowed slight movement but still not enough to gain access to the relay box. The relay box cover fouls against the pannier inner side. If you see, the realy box cover is shaped like the pannier inner. The relay box cover will at this point not slide out or free itself. This is where I am stuck. Do I need to remove pannier to gain full access to relay box perhaps??Or is there an alternative solution?i am hoping that the 5amp back up fuse is the problem and not a new radio cassette system.

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby Bbwelder » Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:42 pm

If so Sierra will rebuild your unit for $ 88.00

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby rlsapp » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:56 pm

it sounds like you go the right idea about the 5amp fuse, I had the same thing happen to me when I first got my 1997, the same thing was happening to mine as you described. Make sure the 5amp fuse is on the left side of the bike, (that is setting on the bike). If you disconnect the battery cables the wrong way it blows the fuse every time. Once you get the cover off, it will be located in the far right of the fuse panel, it is the only one there. The cover should come off with the pins pushed in, top then bottom, and maybe a little help using a flat headed screw driver. The fuse is also hard to get to...have some needle nose pliers.

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby Sempai » Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:27 am

I recently found two issues with my stereo, one a while back, the second, just a few weeks ago.
One problem was with the wiring harness connector(s) at the back of the radio itself. The problem I had here was the main power terminal was loose, I simply tightened the female terminals by bending them with a jeweler's screwdriver, I did ALL of the female terminals and the radio came on louder than it had ever been since I owned it.
After some time, I next had a problem with the display failing to come on, with this problem the stereo, cruise control, and on-board air pump all failed to work. After much troubleshooting, I discovered that it was a FUSE problem....lol...NOT that the fuse was bad, that was the very first thing I checked! What I'd discovered was that the female terminals into which this particular fuse plugged in...where loose. On occasion, there was enough contact to make it all work, but hit a slight bump in the road and it would fail. Again, minor tweaking with a jeweler's screwdriver and it all works just fine to this day.
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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby SIDECARRICH » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:53 am

Hello, I just read about your problem, my 99 gl1500se just started doing the same thing, low vol. won't stay on station, tape won't play or eject...What was the out come of your problem? It's strange it worked find 2 days before.

Thank you, Rich

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby iridenxs » Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:38 pm

Loosen the left bags four bolts to let the bag move just a little. 1/8" gain is helpful when removing that relay cover. Be careful and with a little effort the cover should slid out. While your there you might consider checking the condition of the other relays. Clean and grease as needed and your done. Good luck

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Re: Radio problems with 1996 GL1500SE

Postby SIDECARRICH » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:42 am

Thank you for the help, I did loosen the bag screws, still a pain in the butt, so I took the 2 bolts holding the whole fuse/relay board out and then it was a piece of cake, however the 5amp back up fuse was OK. Thanks to the folks at Sierra Electronics, who help me trouble shoot it, turns out it was the board so it's on the way to Sierra. On another note these folks are great to deal with!! Very friendly and helpful...a true pleasure!



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