Starter motor keeps running!


Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
Post Reply
User avatar
Elmobile
Posts: 224
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:35 pm
Location: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1990 GL1500SE

Starter motor keeps running!

Post by Elmobile »



I read earlier a post about this before but cannot find it so let me ask again...

Last evening when starting my 1990, I could hear that the starter motor kept on spinning even so the engine was running. I decided to go right back home. I don't think it would have hurt anything for a short ride... I hope!!!
My voltmeter was running about 12V which is low. After a while it went up to 13+ which is more like it should be.
When I got home, everything was working as it should. I cranked and stopped the engine 3 times in a row and it worked as it should. Did the same this morning and it is still good, meaning the starter stops when you release the push button.

I strongly suspect that one of the relay A or B got stuck, would not reopen the circuit. Is there a way to know which one of the 2 it would be?
Just to be sure, A is next to the battery and B is the one under closer to the starter? Is that correct?

Cheers



User avatar
DenverWinger
Posts: 1518
Joined: Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:20 pm
Location: Denver, CO
Motorcycle: (s)
1980 GL1100 STD Vetter (2005-)
1993 GL1500 Aspencade (2017-)
1983 Trav-Lite Camper (2010-)
Past rides
1972 CL350 (1980-1988) sold
1978 Suzuki GS550 (1985-2005) sold
1977 GL1000 (2002-2006) sold

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by DenverWinger »

Relay A is controlled by start button, Relay B is controlled by relay A when not in reverse.

Has to be the A relay sticking, because when it's closed it energizes the B relay.

If B gets stuck and not A, A still opens when you release Start button and starter motor stops. Both have to be closed for starter motor to get power.

The A relay is right next to the battery.
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

~Mark

User avatar
Elmobile
Posts: 224
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:35 pm
Location: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1990 GL1500SE

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by Elmobile »

Thanks a lot for the prompt reply... :D

I get one on order before it completely fails on me.

Cheers.

User avatar
Elmobile
Posts: 224
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:35 pm
Location: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1990 GL1500SE

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by Elmobile »

Okay... So I check with my local Honda dealer about the $ for such a relay...! Now I am wondering if they are gold plated? :shock:

$103.60 CAD + taxes, in my case 15%

Sooo, would anyone know of an alternative relay which would fit? Can't see automotive relay being that expensive.
Just want to make sure if that is my only option or not.

Cheers.

User avatar
dingdong
Posts: 3931
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500A
2004 NRX1800 Rune SOLD

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by dingdong »

Still not cheap but less expensive. https://cyclemax.com/inc/searchresults? ... a&n=433343

User avatar
Elmobile
Posts: 224
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:35 pm
Location: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1990 GL1500SE

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by Elmobile »

With shipping and exchange rate, I would still end up with the same $$$. Looks like I am going to spend that much one way or the other... :cry:

User avatar
Bigbiker0
Posts: 150
Joined: Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:39 pm
Location: Mont-Tremblant
Motorcycle: 1997 gl 1500 se

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by Bigbiker0 »

Drive safely Heaven do not exist.

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 21285
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (sold)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 (wife's!)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by WingAdmin »

Bigbiker0 wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:40 am
/Store/Goldwing ... MS-H30.asp
Those are different relays. Those relays fit into the relay box and control the various systems and accessories.

Starter relays A and B are high-current relays capable of switching hundreds of amps, and are quite a bit larger.

User avatar
CrystalPistol
Posts: 1396
Joined: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:07 pm
Location: Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
Motorcycle: 1997 GL1500SE/'98 Lehman Trike

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by CrystalPistol »

Maybe this is the link you were looking for? viewtopic.php?f=6&t=55428
Make Courtesy your "Code of the Road" …

… & Have a Safe Trip!
:)

User avatar
Elmobile
Posts: 224
Joined: Sat Aug 22, 2015 8:35 pm
Location: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
Motorcycle: 1990 GL1500SE

Re: Starter motor keeps running!

Post by Elmobile »

Yes thank you that is the one I was looking for...
Anyway got a new relay. It is going tomorrow if all goes well!
At least for one, it looks like an easy job.



Post Reply