gl1800 will not start


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RICHARD CAMPEAU
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gl1800 will not start

Postby RICHARD CAMPEAU » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:06 pm



My 2001 GL1800 does not have power to anything when key is turned on and engine of course will not start. All fuses are o.k. and battery is fully charged? I am new to this forum so I am asking for helpful comments and suggestions. I am really lost.



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wingman12
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby wingman12 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:33 pm

Welcome to this site Richard from the land of Lincoln. I am not to familiar with the 1800, but it sounds like the main fuse located around the battery. the main fuse is generally located in its own red case. only a guess but I have had this fuse go out on my 1500. Good luck and again welcome. :D :D

bill jamison
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby bill jamison » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:30 pm

If the main fuse is good it might be a bad relay. There is a group of relays located under the passenger seat. Trade one not being used for the ignition one. This might solve your problem, it did for me when this happened. Good luck and welcome to this group.

Red Ron
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby Red Ron » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:11 pm

Seems as though I have read posts where the battery appears to be charged but is still bad and has shorted out.

peppilepew
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby peppilepew » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:38 am

Remove one of the leads to the battery and connect an auxiliary power source to the leads. You will eliminate a possible bad battery if the bike operates normally. These bikes have ground issues under the gas tank that require tank removal to access. I would run an auxiliary ground to the bundle for extra precaution. Ground issues are when, and not if. We need more info for further diagnostics.

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Ghostman
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby Ghostman » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:35 am

I would also check the main fuse. Sometimes corrosion builds up and it doesnt look like much but it can cause issues,or possibly its blown.

Boodad
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby Boodad » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:46 pm

I hate to ask but did you check your kill switch? Been there and done that ;-)

RICHARD CAMPEAU
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby RICHARD CAMPEAU » Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:54 pm

THIS REPLY TO" GOLDWING WILL NOT START" IS FROM THE OWNER AND REPAIRMAN .I APPRECIATE EVERYONE ANSWERING BUT YOU WERE ALL ( MAY I SAY THIS IN A FRIENDLY WAY-----WRONG). THE PROBLEM WAS A BAD CONNECTION IN THE HARNESS CONNECTOR UNDER THE TOP SHELL LOCATED NEAR THE LOCK FOR THE TOP RIGHT FAIRING STORAGE DOOR. ACTUALLY IT IS A 6 PIN CONNECTOR RIGHT BEHIND THIS LOCK. THE LARGE RED HOT WIRE COMING FROM THE IGNITION GOES INTO THIS CONNECTOR. IT DID NOT LOOK CORRODED MUCH BUT I FOUND THE PROBLEM WHEN I WIGGLED THE CONNECTOR WHILE THE KEY WAS ON AND SUDDENLY EVERYTHING CAME TO LIFE ...LIGHTS HORN, RADIO, ENGINE STARTED ETC.I MUST ADMIT THAT I THOUGHT OF ALL THE THINGS YOU MEMBERS DID AND THANKS FOR ANSWERING. HAPPY SAFE RIDING TO ALL. RICK CAMPEAU... WINDSOR ONT.

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mbuesing
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1991 Yamaha Venture Royal 1300
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Re: gl1800 will not start

Postby mbuesing » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:24 pm

Good to know. Thank's for posting your findings.

RICHARD CAMPEAU wrote:THIS REPLY TO" GOLDWING WILL NOT START" IS FROM THE OWNER AND REPAIRMAN .I APPRECIATE EVERYONE ANSWERING BUT YOU WERE ALL ( MAY I SAY THIS IN A FRIENDLY WAY-----WRONG). THE PROBLEM WAS A BAD CONNECTION IN THE HARNESS CONNECTOR UNDER THE TOP SHELL LOCATED NEAR THE LOCK FOR THE TOP RIGHT FAIRING STORAGE DOOR. ACTUALLY IT IS A 6 PIN CONNECTOR RIGHT BEHIND THIS LOCK. THE LARGE RED HOT WIRE COMING FROM THE IGNITION GOES INTO THIS CONNECTOR. IT DID NOT LOOK CORRODED MUCH BUT I FOUND THE PROBLEM WHEN I WIGGLED THE CONNECTOR WHILE THE KEY WAS ON AND SUDDENLY EVERYTHING CAME TO LIFE ...LIGHTS HORN, RADIO, ENGINE STARTED ETC.I MUST ADMIT THAT I THOUGHT OF ALL THE THINGS YOU MEMBERS DID AND THANKS FOR ANSWERING. HAPPY SAFE RIDING TO ALL. RICK CAMPEAU... WINDSOR ONT.


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