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2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:19 pm



I have a 2007 GL1800 that I started and the radio stays on at mid-volume. Volume button doesn't work on the grip. Nor does any of the buttons on the control panel work. Not the CB, GPS or the channels, nothing. BUT the MUTE button works on the grip, lucky that works or I would be blasting the neighborhood everytime I'd start up. Sounds like a loose wire some place???
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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:34 pm

Oh I just love electrical mysteries,I'll look at the schematic and see what I can find.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:08 pm

After a quick look see,I find that the control panel is individual switching.Voltages on the control line vary depending on which button is operated.the mute switch is circuit that does not require volts to operate,it just grounds a connection.I would first look see if the back lights are on.the 12 volts runs the lights and switches(see pix).The most likely suspect is a broken connection at the circuit board where the cables plug into the control panel.Try to twist and pull the plugs to get it to work.Hairline fractures around connector pins are common in any application and can be resoldered.
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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:20 pm

thanks Virg.
I'll try to fix it myself this weekend or take it in to the dealer.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:52 pm

Just wiggle and jiggle each connector.If one gets something to work you found the offending part.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:43 am

I tried wiggling all the buttons.......nothing:(
Looks like I'll take it to the dealer today and have them look at it. $$$$$

I don't think I want to try to take the panel apart myself.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:13 am

Sorry about the results.I hope it doesn't bite too bad

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby maestro319 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:08 am

Yeah, guys, i know what you are talking about. my trike has been at the dealers for 3 days with electrical problems. (and a couple of other minor things) I've been waiting to hear from them, but nothing yet. It MIGHT need a carb clean too. Big $$$$ ??? If so, I wish i had the experience to do it myslef like some of the people on this forum. Owning an older Goldwing ('86) sure can be expensive!!

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:14 pm

It doesn't require experience to solve a problem,It takes time,careful step by step testing,one part at at a time.Everything is built around individual parts,when each part is OK then the whole thing works.Don't over-complicate a problem.It's just one of those parts causing mass confusion and cascade failure symptoms. My theory is KISS it.(keep it simple stupid).Always look for the common thread and you will usually find the culprit.(just my 2 cents worth)Virgil.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:58 pm

Virgilmobile that is the best advise I have ever heard....I call it basic training... :ugeek:

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:09 pm

Thanks for the comment sir,As to the radio problem,If all the buttons don't work,then it will be a problem with something common to them.don't wiggle the button,wiggle the plug that feeds the buttons.A bad connection can kill the entire button matrix.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:55 pm

thanks for all the comments guys.
I called the dealer and of course they said they haven't had any problems like I have and I should just bring it in.......along with a sack full of money,lol.
So it looks like a winter job........long, cold winters here in Wisconsin. I could have time to look at it myself or spend the money for someone else.
And of course my warrenty ran out last May.
Wish me luck.
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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby samgaut » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:51 pm

J'ai eu un problème semblable .a cause que je lavais ma moto à pression. Premièrement j'ai utilisé du électronique cleaner dans l'orifice des boutons de controles et jai été obligé de jumper mon ground qui est situé sur le coté gauche de ta moto dans la grosse plug

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

excuse me????.........in english please.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:34 pm

He said ( I had a simlar problem a question that I washed my bike with pressure. First I used electronic cleaner in to the hole buttons and controls jai had to ground my jumper which is located on left side of your bike by big plug. used google translater Hal
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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:47 am

Thanks Hal.
And yes, that is what I do, wash my bike with pressure at the local car wash. Maybe I should not do that.
I guess it could be any of those control buttons that is being grounded.........I think the whole control panel needs to be inspected meaning taking all the panels/fairing/seat apart???? OR take it into the dealer.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby flash2002 » Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:36 pm

Maybe, unplug your battery ground , and let it sit to dry, then reconect, it might work.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:58 pm

Water intrusion on a PC Board will,in short,time result in corrosion of the copper traces rendering the unit inoperable.Complete dis-assembly, cleaning and repair can be done to a point.Depending on the amount of corrosion damage.Sometimes a local electronics repair shop can repair this cheaper than replacing the entire control panel.I guess my thought is ,if i got to replace it and it's broke anyways,why not tear it apart and look see?

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:42 pm

Exactly Virg, my thoughts too.
Maybe I'll learn something about my "baby"..........I need to take care of her better.LOL

Enough said.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby jinx » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:33 pm

Sorry to have come to this thread so late but have you checked for a stuck button.
Twice my controls did the same thing and both time some dirt/sand jammed one of the buttons
down. After I freed the button everything worked just fine.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:01 pm

Thanks jink, I tried wiggling and jiggling the buttons but I'll check for dirt or a stuck button.
I haven't have time in two weeks even to look at my "baby'..........I'm neclecting her, I'm lucky if she even will start for me.LOL

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby gareva1 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:49 pm

If you think the buttons might have dirt under them, and you've established that you're at the point of dismantle, run over to the local radio shack and buy some contact cleaner, attach the straw to the can, and drench all of the buttons, and then push them all for a while, then let it dry...see if that helps...my CB volume/squelch/channel controls stop working from time to time, and this method applied to that switch set always fixes the problem.

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby CMA rider » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:17 pm

thanks, it is worth a try.
I have tried pushing and pulling, wiggling and twisting all the buttons........next is taking it in and demantling it.

can't hurt......

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby gareva1 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:25 pm

If you feel comfortable pulling the shelter, you could pull the radio from the shelter and pull its cover off to have a look-see...the problem is likely there and not in the switches in my opinion...

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Re: 2007 electrical problems

Postby Ed Z » Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:13 am

Also I would recommend no more pressure washing the bike... It will cause you much heart ache in the future... Mother Honda has seen fit to not use terminal grease on connectors... In all my days of working on Hondas, most often electrical issues have been related to poor connections at switches and connectors...
If you want a good winter project, then get a good manual and spend some time cleaning and lubing all the connectors and switches on your bike... If you do a good job at it, I can almost guarantee you will not have future electrical issues...
Fred H makes a real good vid collection on just about every repair you could do on this bike... I have seen his works and would recommend it to anyone new to the 1800's...

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