Electrical issue


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Chowell775
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Electrical issue

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I just purchased a 1994 GL1500A Aspencade. Shortly after purchase after my second ride on it. I went to start it up but it would not register the bike being in neutral. I checked all fuses and learned that the reverse/start 5amp fuse was blown. I replaced said fuse. Bike ran fine for about two more rides and has blown this fuse again. Not entirely sure as to what is causing this to happen. Please send help.


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Re: Electrical issue

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You either have an intermittent short somewhere or your starter is pulling more current than it should. Most likely the short. A former owner may have hooked up something to that lead, then not insulated properly after removal. But when your starter brushes are almost gone, you can get shorts across poles in the motor, and current drain goes way up.

You could try a 7.5 amp fuse (no higher) or a 5 amp slo-blow, but the first thing I would do is try to find the short, while shaking the bike as best you can.
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Re: Electrical issue

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Solo So Long wrote: Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:22 pm You either have an intermittent short somewhere or your starter is pulling more current than it should. Most likely the short. A former owner may have hooked up something to that lead, then not insulated properly after removal. But when your starter brushes are almost gone, you can get shorts across poles in the motor, and current drain goes way up.

You could try a 7.5 amp fuse (no higher) or a 5 amp slo-blow, but the first thing I would do is try to find the short, while shaking the bike as best you can.
The starter does not draw through that fuse (it would vaporize a 5 amp fuse, as it can draw hundreds of amps), and in fact the starter does not have a fuse at ALL. The only thing that fuse protects is the neutral light and reverse relay. There definitely is a short somewhere, I would put a test light in place of the fuse and start moving wires around until the light turns on, indicating a short.
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