All I get is a click

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All I get is a click

Post by john.amato1 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:41 pm


I need help with my 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE. Here is my issue. I turn the ignition key and all panel lights are on, as soon as I press the start button, I get a loud click and all the lights go out. No matter what I do, I get the same result. I even swapped my battery and the same issue. I have both batteries on battery tenders.
Has this happened to anyone out there?


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Re: All I get is a click

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:33 am

Sounds like you have a dead short somewhere?

If you turn the key off then on - does the panel light up again?

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Re: All I get is a click

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:00 am

That sounds like what happens with corroded battery terminals, but since battery got swapped it must be something else.

Check for a corroded main ground (other end of Neg battery cable) or maybe the dogbone fuse is giving up.
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Re: All I get is a click

Post by john.amato1 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:43 am

Good morning and thanks. When I turn the key after the click happened, I get nothing, even if I wait and try again, the panel lights do not come on. This weekend, I will go over the wiring and see if there is a wire shorting somewhere. I will also check all the fuses that I could not get to, as I have to remove the seat.
Will keep you posted on what I find out.

Yeah here goes my weekend..... lol

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Re: All I get is a click

Post by Mh434 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:16 pm

That just happened to me...with our motorhome.

Turned out to be a bad ground to the battery...try hooking up the black side of a pair of jumper cables to the battery (-) and a bare spot on the frame. Chances are, it will fire right up.

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Re: All I get is a click

Post by FM-USA » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:41 pm

Must be going round, MINE ALSO 3 weeks ago.
CLICK... no lights, wait... click then nothing.
Shorted across the battery posts, very weak spark. So I got a jump and let the car charge the bike battery for 5 minutes. It started right up and road it home. Amp meter showed 14.3 so Alt was good.
At home pulled POS & NEG battery cables off, looked OK but had that dull sheen.
Filed the posts and cables flat and shiny reconnected.... VEROOOOOOM!

I keep a dry battery on the shelf for the JUST IN CASE sagas. I wait for them to go on sale. One time I got a new dry battery for $32.00 free ship. 8-)
Tho it lasted just short of 4 years... EH. Didn't reorder that one.

Here's "A" kicker.
Before cleaning up the posts I was getting around 39 to 44 MPG's. After cleaning it's hovering between 49 - 52 MPG's. Highest was 53.91 MPG's!!!
I changed nothing but cleaned those cables & posts.
(Everything ALMOST the same...) Fuel stops, fuel grade, fuel level, speeds, weather conditions and within reason the same back roads.
Those MPG's are riding 2-up. I get a little less as a single rider. Empty seat acts as a wind catcher. :shock:



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Re: All I get is a click

Post by SG_Jay » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:08 pm

I'd have to second cleaning up the posts and terminals. That would be the first place to start always with the click, then nothing symptom. Make them shine and try it again.

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Re: All I get is a click

Post by dougv » Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:43 pm

John, I just replied to a later post, there is a relay in the left hand relay/fuse board that turns off the lights when starting. The start switch has a N/C connection and a N/O connection, the N/C connection open when you push the start switch to shut off the lights and reduce the load on the battery. The N/O switch closes when you push the switch to start the bike. I was able to jumper that contact externally and the bike would run as long as I kept the start button push in and the N/O contact jumped. Somehow the kill switch is tied into the start switch and that was the problem.

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