Reverse not working


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mmccotter
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Reverse not working

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I have just completed an overhaul of my 99 gl1500 SE. I bought it after someone had a wreck with it. I rode it several miles with no issues. Just recently the reverse does not engage, no light, nothing. I checked both fuses but both are fine. What is the next likely problem?



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virgilmobile
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Re: Reverse not working

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I'd first check the obvious.
The reverse lever guide pin and switch that's behind the lever.
Bad..broken..misaligned..

mmccotter
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Re: Reverse not working

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Thank you. I couldn't tell from the service manual where the switch was!

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Re: Reverse not working

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Pay close attention to the guide pin too.
They can get bent.If bent,the lever may be all the way up but it's not rotating the fitting far enough to activate the switch and cables.

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Re: Reverse not working

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Also possible to install the lever and miss the hole..guide pin hole that is.



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