95 GL1500 SE "Re-Starting" problem???


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Signdude8771
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95 GL1500 SE "Re-Starting" problem???

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1. Open garage.
2. Give a little choke, turn key to run, hit the start button, bike starts instantly.
3. Ride to destination maybe 15 minutes away. After lunch. Bike now warm.
4. Turn key to run, hit start button, if I'm lucky, after starter motor turns for 15-20 seconds
the bike might start..... frequently does not.

Let the bike cool completely and she starts before you can get your thumb off the start button.
But, if I take her on the road and let her sit for 20-30 minutes warm, I may not get home.
When I hit the start button, she sounds exactly like the "Kill" switch is in the on position.
The starter motor spins full speed, but there is no sound or evidence of the engine firing.

Let her sit until the bike is cold again and she will fire right up like she was brand new.

Paid $120 for new battery, $240 for a new Starter Motor, $275 for 5 hours labor to have new Starter Motor
installed.

Absolutely no difference.

Anyone have an idea what might be the problem??? I had a lot of hair before this began.

Thanks for any assistance.

Bill



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Re: 95 GL1500 SE "Re-Starting" problem???

Post by bluthundr31 »

After you let it sit for 20-30 minutes after a short ride, have you tried to give just a little choke (1/4 or so)? Some of these beasts are finicky and love that choke lever on just a tad, , , then turn off choke lever after running.

Your problem could be fixed by running a couple tanks of gas with a good mix of Seafoam (2-3 oz. per gallon of gas).

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Re: 95 GL1500 SE "Re-Starting" problem???

Post by Signdude8771 »

Thanks so much for the reply.

I'll certainly give the choke idea a try. I always keep Seafoam in my tank, though I only use 1oz per gallon. I'll double that as well.

Thanks again,
Bill

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RockportDave
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Re: 95 GL1500 SE "Re-Starting" problem???

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MIne gets “stubborn” sometimes when warm also. When I hit the starter and it doesn’t start immediately, I will open the throttle while cranking and it will start. I have also given it about 1/4-1/2 choke when it does it and it will crank right up.
Dave
1999 GL1500SE 5th Goldwing through the years

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Re: 95 GL1500 SE "Re-Starting" problem???

Post by DenverWinger »

Is the heat insulation mat under the carburetors intact? It's supposed to prevent fuel percolation from the carburetor bowls into the manifolds when you shut down a hot engine. If it's missing or degraded you may be both "flooded" and have empty carb bowls.
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Re: 95 GL1500 SE "Re-Starting" problem???

Post by Signdude8771 »

DenverWinger wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:44 pm
Is the heat insulation mat under the carburetors intact? It's supposed to prevent fuel percolation from the carburetor bowls into the manifolds when you shut down a hot engine. If it's missing or degraded you may be both "flooded" and have empty carb bowls.
Thanks for the note. I'm not a below-the-seat guy. I can change my oil, put air in the tires, add gas and wash the bike. :D
When it comes to working on the motor, I leave that up to my tech guy. He was the lead technician at the local Honda
dealership until it closed a couple years ago.

I will certainly run your information by him. It certainly sounds like something I would want him to check.

Thanks so much.
Bill



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