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I went out to start my 1988 goldwing, it turned over fine but I could tell that the battery was a little low so I hooked the battery charger up, after about 4 hours I tried it again and all I got was a click in the starter relay. Thinking the battery might be bad, I hooked a jumper up to it, still just a click, so I hooked a volt meter up to it and checked down at the starter and hit the start button, no voltage. I checked all the fuses, and none was bad. And the Haynes Manuel said if the relay clicks that it is all right and there is no need to test it. Would anyone have a idea of what to check?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: starting problem

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There are two starter relays - starter relay A and starter relay B. Are you seeing voltage at the output of starter relay B when you hear the click?

Starter Relay A
Starter Relay A


Starter Relay B
Starter Relay B

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That's for the help I'll check it as soon as I get home.
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vagent wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:41 pm I went out to start my 1988 goldwing, it turned over fine but I could tell that the battery was a little low so I hooked the battery charger up, after about 4 hours I tried it again and all I got was a click in the starter relay. Thinking the battery might be bad, I hooked a jumper up to it, still just a click, so I hooked a volt meter up to it and checked down at the starter and hit the start button, no voltage. I checked all the fuses, and none was bad. And the Haynes Manuel said if the relay clicks that it is all right and there is no need to test it. Would anyone have a idea of what to check?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I think I'd have to disagree with the Haynes Manual slightly, just because a relay clicks doesn't always mean that the contacts inside are actually making good contact. About two months ago I had to disassemble my hazzard flasher relay to clean the contacts to make the 4 ways work. Always recommend using a test light or meter to see if voltage is actually being passed.
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I'm sorry I haven't got to reply to any messages. I've got some personal stuff to take care of first so the Gold wing will have to wait. Thanks for all the help and all the replies. I hope to get back to it soon. Thanks again. ~ Gary
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I finally got back to my bike and haynes was wrong Swagonmaster was right. Changed the starter relay hooked battery up hit start button and started right up. Thanks to every body on this forum.
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Glad things worked out. As a side note, it would be a good idea to put the model of your bike in your personal info, sometimes it makes a difference as to whether it is an SE, Aspencade or an Interstate.


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