Radio problem on my 2001 Wing


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Radio problem on my 2001 Wing

Postby rstoops1 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:10 am



The radio function switches on both the top shelter and left handlebar pod go dead intermittently (with the exception of the volume and mode knobs which continue to work all the time). The radio and CB recieve continue to work normally, but I'm not able to transmit, or do any of the functions on any of the switches. I can't change stations, nor can I change channels on the CB, nor can I turn the radio off (or on) when the switches go dead. Anyone got any suggestions as to what might cause this?



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Re: Radio problem on my 2001 Wing

Postby rstoops1 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:24 am

I just discovered that everything operates normally when I move the ignition switch to the Accessory position.

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Re: Radio problem on my 2001 Wing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:44 am

Can you get it to do this when it is on ACC to begin with? When you switch from ON to ACC, there is a miniscule interruption in power that may be enough to reset whatever problem you're having. So can you switch it to ACC to start with, then get it to go dead? Or will it only happen if the key is in ON?

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Re: Radio problem on my 2001 Wing

Postby rstoops1 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:16 am

The radio acts the same no matter what. Occasionally it will operate as it should when the ignition switch is in the "on" position, but not very often. It was not a problem that started happening infrequently and progressed. The radio worked normally until a week, or so, ago when the problem suddenly developed. Yesterday, the thing worked OK for about an hour, then the problem began again. Today, the radio switches are not working with the ignition switch in the "on" position, but (as usual) will operate normally in the "acc" position. When I switch from "on" to "acc" everything works normally...when I switch back to "on" the problem returns.

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Re: Radio problem on my 2001 Wing

Postby thrasherg » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:53 am

Sounds to me like your ignition switch could do with a quick dose of contact cleaner!!

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Re: Radio problem on my 2001 Wing

Postby rstoops1 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:01 pm

I've tried contact cleaner and worked the switch through it's full range several times and the problem still persists. I am not familiar with the inner workings of the ignition switch, but the manual seems to indicate a connection between the ON contact and the ACC contact. This seems strange to me, but as I said I've never seen a GL1800 ignition switch apart. Also, I'm not sure why the switches would be dead and still the radio works fine. It is as if the radio and the switches are on different circuits...?

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Re: Radio problem on my 2001 Wing

Postby rstoops1 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:17 am

I think I've found the problem with my radio. I started having problems with the radio changing from speaker to headset when I'd use turn signals, or clutch lever and sometimes just moving the handlebars. I concentrated on the left handlebar pod and wiring harness. I discovered that a hole had been rubbed into the wiring harness (somewhat hidden from view) and upon opening the harness I discovered a green wire and a red wire both had the insulation rubbed from the wires and apparently would touch together and cause havoc with the radio. I taped both of the wires where the insulation was missing (quite a chore since the wires are tiny and packed close together). After resealing the harness I took the bike for a test ride and after about 100 miles, everything seems to be back to normal (I hope). Any time there is an electrical problem that seems to cause strange things to happen there is usually a ground problem of some kind.

**** Stoops




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