Ignition/fuse/battery


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Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby DaBeane » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:49 am



Was riding 04 GL1800 yesterday suddenly radio cut out then bike started to shut engine down like running out of gas. Bike quit running wouldn't restart pulled fuses checked all of them all seem fine even checked battery fuse good now have nothing at switch no power anywhere help me out please !



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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:48 am

Test for volts at the battery posts with the key on first.See that the connections are secure.

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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:24 am

I would guess that your alternator stopped charging, and eventually your battery ran down to the point where it wouldn't run the bike anymore. Like Virgil said, measure the voltage at your battery terminals and that will tell the story.

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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby DaBeane » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:46 am

Ty for your post I'm returning bike this morning to dealer for repair but I'll relay that to the dealer again Ty!

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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby harvey01 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:47 am

I think the two previous posters have hit the probably nails on the head, but you need to do some further testing. Really the problem is to determine if the battery is bad or is the alternator bad.

First I would pull the battery and give it a full charge and possibly take it to an auto parts store for a load test. Once I knew the battery was fully charged and functioning, I would replace it in the Wing, after doing a voltage check, and hopefully the Wing will start right up. The next check is to check the voltage that the alternator is charging the battery when you get it running. This should be around 14 volts, if not then I would be looking to rebuild or replace the alternator.

Of course I am assuming you have checked all ground locations for tight bolts and good grounding, as well as being sure the battery connections are tight.
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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby DaBeane » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:51 am

Battery connections are tight ground checked all fuses in box checked and in line fuse to battery was also good bike going to dealer for check of battery and alternator Ty for input!

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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby bayoudave » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:52 am

I'm betting alternator. I had the same issue on the 1500 and the 1800. As the battery gets weak because the alternator is not charging the bike will begin to shut down unnecessary things like the radio until there is nothing left to shut down but the engine. That is my experience.
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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby DaBeane » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:20 am

Ty everyone for the replys turns out alternator crapped out one on order back on the road next Tuesday again thanks for your informative input your the best

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Re: Ignition/fuse/battery

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:38 am

I'll bet that if you had a volt meter that showed you that it quit,you wouldn't have been caught dead side the road.
Usually you can run a bike for a half hour or so without the charging system operating.




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