1982 wing electrical problem


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countryboy1989
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1982 wing electrical problem

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Rode my 1982 Goldwing to work Thursday. Went to go home after work, turned key on at ignition switch, hit starter button and it turned over just briefly and then all electrical went dead. Had to trailer it home. I have 12.8+ volts at battery. Which is good. When I turn on key, the voltage drops down to less than 1 volt at battery. I unplugged harness to fairing and the neutral and oil pressure light now come on, but dimmer than they should be. When I hit starter button with that harness unplugged to fairing, I hear the click from solenoid as normal, but the voltage is very, very low. Unplugging that harness lightened the voltage demand. Could this be a bad ignition switch?
Thanks for helping in advance.


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Either you have corroded battery connections (a frequent cause of what you describe) or the battery has failed internally.

Take the battery out and take it to your local Auto Parts store to have it load tested. If it's good, be sure to clean the battery connections when you put it back in.
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Also check your battery cables themselves. They can fail internally, usually where the cable connects to the end in the crimp. Also check the negative cable, where it connects to the frame of the bike.
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I removed the battery and installed a different one to see if it is the bike or the battery. Not the correct one for the bike, but from my lawn mower. It started the wing right up. Failing battery new April of 19. Maybe 300 miles of riding on battery and it sets in the basement thru the winter. I ride the wing to work SOME. 16 miles round trip. Old battery voltage shows 12+ volts on meter, but fails to do anything but produce a "click." Battery failure I am thinking?? Thank you.
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Yeah, they'll do that from time to time. Voltage tests good but can't put out enough amperage to turn over the bike. I've seen almost new top of the line batteries do that and cheap ones that where boiled empty and refilled with tap water that lasted the rest of the season. Best to buy a replacement where you know you can get your warranty covered, it won't be the cheapest way to buy but will give you some peace of mind in the long run.
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Check your negative battery ground?
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Thank you all for the feed back on this. I did have the battery tested and it is "bad" according to two auto parts stores.
As mentioned above about voltage reading "good." The voltage from this battery was 12.7-12.8 volts, but it would not even light up the neutral light, headlight, etc. when in the motorcycle. I charged the battery for 1 hour just to see if it would do anything in the motorcycle after charging. Nothing. New battery required.
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" ...and it sets in the basement thru the winter ...". i am going to assume that you did not have a battery tender hooked up to it then. it's a great item to have when you live in a place that actually has winter; saves you having to remember to charge it every month or two.
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Yes, in the basement. I charge it when the voltage would drop a few tenths. I check it often.
My ATV battery lasts 4-5 years.....outside thru 4 or 5 Iowa winters. We will use ATV some, but it is not used 90% of the winter.
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