GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem


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GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby dhouser1945 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:50 pm



Have a problem on occasions with starting Goldwing (2008). Sometimes when I push starter switch it will not start without slightly wiggling handlebar. It has then always started after doing that. Only on an occasion, but I am doing the 40 to Phoenix in a few weeks, and am concerned it may get worse. Dealership could not recreate the problem, couldn't help me. Suggested that if it continued to replace start/rev switch. Any thoughts on what the problem or fix could be would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. This is my 1st post- hope I am in correct forum



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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby themainviking » Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:45 pm

Spray an electronics cleaner in the switch and work it a bit. This might clean it up. The switches on these GL1800s seem to be notorious for getting dirty and not working well.
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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby dhouser1945 » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:11 pm

Sprayed electronic cleaner into starter switch a few days ago. I have periodically tried starting and still get intermittent problems as mention in above post. Today, while trying again, I had same issue, and wiggled handlebars and it would start. Then I thought of testing it by starting in neutral, no clutch, and it would start every time. Starting it with clutch lever pulled and in gear it went back to same problem. Looks like the clutch lever is causing problems. Lever is OEM ( had problem with after-market a few years ago only starting in neutral), Any suggestion on fixing the problem. Heading to 40 to Phoenix next week and would like to solve this problem

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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:34 pm

First...I am not a expert on the 1800's...but...
If you have a intermittent crank while in gear and relying on the clutch lever switch to operate the starter,I'd inspect there.
On the 1500's,when this happens,it's caused by 3 possibilities.
1.the switch is intermittent..a ohm meter test..
2.the pivot bushing is worn...visual inspection..
3.the grips may be interfering with the activation of the switch.
Listen very closely,as you operate the clutch lever,just before it touches the grip it should click the neutral switch.

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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby themainviking » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:07 am

Virgil is correct. The most likely culprit is at the clutch itself. Either the pin or bushing, or the little switch inside the handlebar switch housing.
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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby dhouser1945 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:25 pm

Thanks for the help with this problem. Everything is working as it should. I can now rest a little easier with my trip to Phoenix.

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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:56 pm

WHAT...and not tell us what was wrong and how you fixed it..???
Come on....have some sympathy.???

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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby dhouser1945 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:39 pm

Sorry about that. Yes it was the clutch lever- adjusted and replaced pivot point- was loose.

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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:55 am

Thank you.My mind is at ease now. :D

At least for a few minutes...next...

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Re: GL1800- 2008 Intermittent Starting Problem

Postby canuck623 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:07 am

Glad you got it fixed. See you in Phoenix. I will be there helping with the local tour rides. I am doing South Moutain with a luch stop at a nice Mexican restaurant. Ride safe.


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