Electrical Short


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dph03
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Electrical Short

Post by dph03 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:20 pm



My GL1100 Interstate has lost all power and blows the main fuse as soon as I connect the positive cable to the battery. For troubleshooting, I disconnect the positive from the battery and replaced the fuse. I test for continuity (C) from the positive cable at the battery before the soleniod to the frame and I do have continuity (C). IS THAT A SHORT?

- I disconnected the voltage regulator/rectifier and I still have a short.

- There are 2 items on each side if the bike below the starter switch. the picture should be attached. Are they - Fuse B (15A) ?
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Re: Electrical Short

Post by DaveO430 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:00 pm

That is something someone added, disconnect it and anything else that seems not original. There are 2 places power goes without the switch on, to the voltage regulator and the ignition switch. Not likely to be the switch (possible though) and if you have unplugged the regulator there must be a short in the wiring somewhere going to those 2 things.

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Re: Electrical Short

Post by dph03 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:44 pm

OK, to confirm, if I eliminate the short, will the continuity (C) from the positive cable at the battery before the solenoid, to the frame, be eliminated?

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Re: Electrical Short

Post by DaveO430 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:08 pm

dph03 wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:44 pm
OK, to confirm, if I eliminate the short, will the continuity (C) from the positive cable at the battery before the solenoid, to the frame, be eliminated?
Yes it should be.



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