GL1800 starting problem


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GL1800 starting problem

Postby lkaiserm » Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:34 pm



Hello all, November 29, 2009

Can anyone suggest quickest easiest way to diagnose "won't start" problem without tearing the bike down like the service manual seems to suggest?

I have an 2003, GL 1800 with about 14,000 miles. My bike has been running well. I parked it and put side stand down before shifting to neutral and motor stalled. I removed key and came back to start it an hour later. The starter solenoid clicked, starter motor did nothing.

The battery is fully charged (lights are bright but dim when I push starter button). Fuses are OK. Kill switch is set OK. Reverse switch off and green Neutral light is on and OK. Kick stand is up and bike is on center stand.

Thanks



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Re: GL1800 starting problem

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:24 pm

If the lights are dimming when you hit the starter, but all you're getting is a click, then you've got one of two problems:

- Battery is too weak to turn engine. This could be low electrolyte - the battery might show full voltage, and has enough current capacity to light the lights, but not enough to turn the engine over.

- Something is wrong with the starter/starting system. This could be anything from a loose cable to a mechanical failure. Start with the obvious - check the tightness of all cables, from battery, to solenoid, to starter. Don't forget the ground cables as well. See if you can tell if the click you hear is the solenoid, or if the starter is actually trying to turn, but can't for some reason.

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Re: GL1800 starting problem

Postby lkaiserm » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:03 pm

Thanks

I checked the battery with a volt meter. 12.2 volts with key off. 11.75volts with key on and same 11.75 when I hit the starter button. Is it worth simply replacing the battery before tear down the bike to trace the connections?

I bought the bike just a couple of weeks ago and don't know how old the battery is other than it is a sealed "Yusa" (OEM?)

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Re: GL1800 starting problem

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:17 am

I Ikaisern !!!!!!!

Your problem just be your switch side stand, make a check on the switch. Ok !!!!!!

FlyBoy2121 !!!

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Re: GL1800 starting problem

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:01 am

lkaiserm wrote:Thanks

I checked the battery with a volt meter. 12.2 volts with key off. 11.75volts with key on and same 11.75 when I hit the starter button. Is it worth simply replacing the battery before tear down the bike to trace the connections?

I bought the bike just a couple of weeks ago and don't know how old the battery is other than it is a sealed "Yusa" (OEM?)


OK, if the battery is still at 11.75 volts when you are hitting the starter button, that tells us that the starter itself is not actually engaging. If it was, the battery voltage would drop 2-3 volts more. So there is something causing it not to engage:

- clutch switch, sidestand switch or reverse switch either engaged or faulty
- solenoid faulty
- fuse blown




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