Has this happened to you????


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Has this happened to you????

Postby Tepcro » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:42 am



I only went up to the drug store about a mile from home
When I came out and tried to start my 2001 1800 Wing, it seemed like the starter jammed....
The lights on the dash went out and the Goldwing in the LED window went away...my bike was dead!
After checking battery cables (all was good) and finding that all the fuses were ok, I was able to get the lights to come on again.
I then had a passerby push start me and got it running.
When I got home the bike acts like it should...I can't make it do this again at home where all the tools are....
What do you think it could be?
I'm stumped but I suspect the starter got hung up?!
I'd hate for this to happen far from home. :(



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Re: Has this happened to you????

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:12 am

Nothing specific but I suspect that whatever you poked at to get your electric back is the heart of the problem.
Dogbone fuse.They can appear fine and have hairline cracks that make them intermittent.Same applies to loose or corroded connections.

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Re: Has this happened to you????

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:23 am

virgilmobile wrote:Nothing specific but I suspect that whatever you poked at to get your electric back is the heart of the problem.
Dogbone fuse.They can appear fine and have hairline cracks that make them intermittent.Same applies to loose or corroded connections.


Just thinking the same thing (you must type faster than I do). :D
Either a fuse, relay or connection loose. Those are the worst to try and troubleshoot.
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Re: Has this happened to you????

Postby Steve F » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:57 am

Had the same thing happen, and it required tightening the battery cables. They "looked fine" but looks aren't everything. Remove them, clean with a wire "toothbrush" and tighten them really well. Just a hint: Before you do this, remember to write down all your radio station programs and how your radio is set up before you remove the battery cables, otherwise everything is lost and you have to start all over. ;)
Another possible cause is you have a battery that has a cracked inner connection within, and you can't do anything about that situation other than replacing the battery.
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Re: Has this happened to you????

Postby Red Ron » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:13 pm

Could be that the battery is getting ready to go. I think the Goldwing starting system is unique in that if it doesn't have the required charge to start that it won't even try to turn over. Pushing and starting allowed it to build up some charge while riding it home. Just a guess. Also did you hear any clicking sounds while you were hitting the starter? Might be a short in the starter relay A or relay B.

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Re: Has this happened to you????

Postby Tepcro » Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:22 am

Thanks for all the help you all.
I still have not been able to reproduce that failure.
I checked the battery and connections and they were all up to snuff...
I still kinda lean to the starter being stuck and when we pushstarted it, she let loose?!?!
Heck, I really don't know, but if it does it again, and if I can figure out what it is, I will post it on this string for those who replied to know what it was.
I sure do hope it doesn't happen out on the road!!

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Re: Has this happened to you????

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:50 am

Keeping my fingers crossed.I do still suspect your problem is related to why the bike went dead and nothing to do with the starter.




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