Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Post by wajwriter »

My Kill Switch is acting up on my GL1500 1988.
If I just lightly tap the top of the Kill Switch my engine will shut down....remedy???
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Post by CrystalPistol »

Mine on my '96 was acting like this …. I found in trying different things after trike would be running perfectly at speed, then just cut off for seconds after a bump, etc.

I took switch apart, cleaned, and added contact grease … perfect ever since.
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Some people … riders … will simply splice the two switch wires together.
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Post by Charlie1Horse »

If yours, like my 92 GL1500 Interstate, is shutting down like that you will probably find that many miles and years of vibration at the handlebar will/can cause the screw terminals under the kill switch to loosen and then you won't have power to the ignition or fuel pump. Two screws under the switch unit will separate it and you can check the terminals. If they are tight you will probably have to disassemble the switch and clean it and reassemble with a light coat of dielectric grease to promote good contact and prevent moisture from causing oxidation and corrosion.

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