1994 GL1500 Won't Start

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1994 GL1500 Won't Start

Postby Mountainjack » Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:20 pm

The bike has been on a trickle charger and when I turn the key on the voltage meter reads 11.4 volts. The battery is a gel battery that is several years old. When I hit the starter the engine turns over very fast and does not appear to have any fire to the plugs as it does not try to start.

Pretty sure fuel is not the problem as I just got it back from the shop after rebuilding the carbs and installing a new fuel pump.

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Re: 1994 GL1500 Won't Start

Postby twostrokes48 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:46 am

Putting a battery charger, 10amp or so, or in jump start mode, should eliminate the low voltage problem as far as seeing if that is the problem. That will kick the voltage back up to where it should be. If it starts that way, but not with the charger/jumper on it, then that probably is your problem. Seems it should stil start at that voltage. When I lost my stator, mine would start until be battery dropped to about 9 volts. I know it soulds stupid, but check for simple things like the kill switch... I have done that before....Took me an hour of stomping around, checking connections, etc etc before realizing I had bumped it to off position. Also check battery connections. Might even pull them off and clean them then hook them back up. Good luck

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Re: 1994 GL1500 Won't Start

Postby Sempai » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:00 pm

Don't overwork yourself. Do the jumpstart method mentioned above, if it starts, you probably have a battery issue. If it continues to fail to start, pull any spark plug. Plug it back into the plug wire and ground the plug to any KNOWN ground on the bike. Crank the motor and visually confirm that there IS IN FACT a spark at the plug. If you don't see your spark(s), you'll need to do some more troubleshooting.
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