Electrical problems


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hilldav545
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Electrical problems

Post by hilldav545 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:01 pm



I pulled my 1990 GL1500 apart to replace my electric starter controls and before I did this I had the compressor, cruise control, and CB radio all working. Once I put it back together I lost all of that and even one signal light doesn't work when I put the 4 ways on(facing the bike the left signal doesn't flash). What did I blow?
Dave



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Re: Electrical problems

Post by bellboy40 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:25 am

I'll take a stab at your issue. Check the ACC fuse in the fuse box. Or just replace it if you have one. You could swap it with another fuse to see if anything changes.

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Re: Electrical problems

Post by hilldav545 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:27 am

I'll give it a try and let you know how I made out . Thanks

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Re: Electrical problems

Post by newday777 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:21 am

hilldav545 wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:01 pm
I pulled my 1990 GL1500 apart to replace my electric starter controls and before I did this I had the compressor, cruise control, and CB radio all working. Once I put it back together I lost all of that and even one signal light doesn't work when I put the 4 ways on(facing the bike the left signal doesn't flash). What did I blow?
Dave
First we need to know what all you took apart. There are a lot of parts associated to the "starter controls".

The flashers could be a separate problem. The 4 way hazard switch and the turn signal switch could be dirty and need cleaning. This is typical on 1500s and 1800 wings.
Electrical Contact cleaner sprayed in the switches and work the switches lots to clean the contacts.(be sure to cover plastics below and the windshield to protect from overspray and drips, your glasses too if you wear them, wear safety glasses)

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Re: Electrical problems

Post by hilldav545 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:52 pm

What I took apart was all the "skins" I'm going to call them. By that I mean I unplugged the air compressor controls, radio/cassette player, cb radio, all this to put in a used starter control. The interfaces were corroded quite badly(green corrosion) so right now I'm pulling all this apart again and cleaning up those interfaces. Starting isn't a problem and the reverse works fine from this used control I bought.

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Re: Electrical problems

Post by bellboy40 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:06 pm

If you have corroded connectors, here is a link from a while back that tells how to clean those connectors. Get yourself some CLR (calcium, lime, rust) from the grocery store and go to work on them.

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/threads/g ... ns.329591/

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Re: Electrical problems

Post by Rambozo » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:18 am

Sounds like you followed the "If it ain"t broke, fix it til it is" saying ;)
If the connectors are real bad start with the CLR, (Box store) then get some Deoxit D100 (Amazon expensive, but worth it and you can get a tiny bottle) for the final clean, assemble with dielectric grease (Auto parts store in ketchup pouches, often FREE) so you don't have to do it again.
Use Deoxit then the grease alone on connectors and switches that are just dirty, like your handlebar switches.



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