1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on


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1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on

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I just bought a GL1500SE, the reverse is not working, the Neutral light goes out, but the Reverse light does not.
Any help is appreciated
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Re: 1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on

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If the "R" light comes on during the bulb check, when you first turn on the ignition, and your reverse does not work, then it is most likely the Reverse Switch located adjacent to the reverse lever under the false tank that is not making good contact.
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Re: 1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on

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Thank you very much for the reply, but I did test that switch function with an Ohm meter, and it is working fine. Im not sure what actually signals the R indicator to turn on. It seems like a very complex Reverse system. The only other thing I found is on the right side of the engine by the dipstick, there is a single wire sending unit, according to the shop manual it is called a Reverse switch. I cant find it on any Honda Parts Fiche, but it is just like any Neutral switch. Nothing happens if I ground the wire for it, Im stumped. Thanks for your help, if you think of anything else, Please let me know.
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Do you have a Honda Service Manual or are you using a Haynes or Chilton of something like that?
The Honda Service Manual would be invaluable to you I believe. There is an Electronic Troubleshooting Manual in the Service Manual that does a pretty good job of directing the effort.
Here is an excerpt of one of the pages:


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Re: 1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on

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oldgoldwingguy wrote: Sun May 30, 2021 7:08 am Im not sure what actually signals the R indicator to turn on.
It gets power from relay 3 and ground from the reverse control unit.
Do you have a wiring diagram? Very helpful to show you all the connectors that are used. They can often be the trouble points as they are not really weatherproof and 25 years old.
The Honda service manual is well worth the investment.
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Here are three wiring diagrams that should be helpful:






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Re: 1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on

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Thank you again for your response . Yes I do have the Honda Service and ETM manual. Its just a very complex system, and I get lost on the wiring diagram. Lol
But I will continue my Quest. I have not found anything in the trouble shooting mentioning if the R indicator do not come on.
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Dumb question, but are you sure the bulb is working?
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Re: 1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on

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yes, the indicator R comes on when the key is turned on
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Re: 1996 GL1500SE Reverse light wont come on

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You are right about reverse being a complex system. There is a description of how the circuit works in the Honda service manual. I have a service manual for the 2000 model and the description is on page 3-27 in the electrical troubleshooting section. If you haven't done so already, you should read that to get an idea of what all has to happen before it will work.


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