My Aspencade, i washed it, now it won't start


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My Aspencade, i washed it, now it won't start

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Team,

I recently bought a 1994 Aspencade and was reasonably happy with my purchase until I washed it and it hasn't started since. When I removed the radio, I found that the entire wiring harness had been cut away and the bare wire lay exposed. The gentleman that I bought the bike from stated it had recently been serviced and everything was in good order. I knew when I bought the bike that the radio didn't work but was told they go out all the time. Long story short, the gentleman lied, it hadn't been serviced and so far, I have replaced the timing belt, pulled Dextron antifreeze from the radiator, and replaced it with the correct fluid. I also change the oil and spark plugs. I ordered a new starter solenoid, and I read, that I might need to replace starter relay B.

Has anyone ever had this issue after washing their Goldwing?

Thank you for any input.

Michael


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Pull the spark plug boots off the plugs (one at a time, so you don't get them mixed up) and make sure there isn't any water in the spark plug well. If there is, it can short it out and cause no spark. There are drains in there, but they can get clogged.
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I have experienced this a number of times, and had to let it sit and dry out for a bit. Now, I start the bike and let it idle while I give it a 'quick' wash.

It seems I have read elsewhere on here that engaging the reverse lever and returning it to normal once or twice helps. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

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I go over mine with compressed air after a wash. Every place where water can collect and hold.instrument panels, all handlebar switches, spark plug holes, etc. It doesn’t need to be high pressure. And I never pressure wash.
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I get the feeling from your description of the condition of the bike when you bought it that merely washing it was not what caused your no-start issue so don't beat yourself up over it. It may have contributed to it but I doubt it was the whole reason for the problem. but do be careful if you do use compressed air to blow water off the bike. Blowing water into crevasses that otherwise would not get wet is a concern.

It would be nice to see a picture of what you see under the radio panel. You said "When I removed the radio, I found that the entire wiring harness had been cut away and the bare wire lay exposed." Hopefully all the connectors are still there and you can reconnect things to make it all work again. By the way, the statement that the radios go out all the time is a falsehood. I have not heard of anything other than the radio panel back lights going out, and that takes a couple of years normally.

If that is how the previous owner did maintenance, cutting things out, then you are in for a rough road to hoe.
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MikeB wrote: Fri May 27, 2022 11:19 am By the way, the statement that the radios go out all the time is a falsehood. I have not heard of anything other than the radio panel back lights going out, and that takes a couple of years normally.
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Thanks for the heads up. I never realized Goldwings susceptible to water.
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Here are a couple of pictures of the wiring harness. So far, I have been able to reconnect some of them. I am currently studying the wiring diagrams for the rest.
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Yikes! What a mess he left you. I can't imagine why anyone would do something like that and just leave all those bare wires hanging out. Makes you wonder what other surprises await you after pulling off more panels.
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I am curious, when you say it won’t start, do mean the starter cranks the engine over and it doesn’t start? Or the starter doesn’t work? Wondering if you didn’t inadvertently flip the kill switch to off, it’s easy to overlook on new to you bike you expect to run. Glad you are going over the wiring with the wiring diagrams. Hopefully since it was running for you before, you should be able to make it so again
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I have had problems before after washing the Wing. Now I always use a spray and wipe. I found RainX Waterless Car Wash works great.
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vcdc wrote: Wed Jul 06, 2022 12:23 pm I have had problems before after washing the Wing. Now I always use a spray and wipe. I found RainX Waterless Car Wash works great.
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Micben wrote: Tue Jun 28, 2022 4:40 pm Here are a couple of pictures of the wiring harness. So far, I have been able to reconnect some of them. I am currently studying the wiring diagrams for the rest.
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Yep, I have personally touched about every inch of that bike. Now that I got the wires reconnected, the LCD works fine. The last of my ordered parts came in yesterday and I am ready to get this thing back on the road.

Thank you for your reply to my post.

Michael


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