Radio's are not working


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Dave70
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Radio's are not working

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2012 Goldwing: Problem started with cb stuck in TX. Once in receive the cb radio controls didn't work: no channel, squelch etc controls. AM/FM radio couldn't change volume, channel, AMB or tuning. Possible solutions: cleaned switches by squirting CRC electrical cleaner into switches and working them, no change; next disconnected battery and left it off for 30 Minutes, the result there was that neither radio would turn on; checked the voltage on both sides of the fuses in the fuse panel, all were good. Bike is not left out in the weather.
ANY IDEAS?


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Two offerings for thought. First, had you worked under the shelter prior to this? If so is the Radio connector fully seated. My left pod radio buttons failed me after racing to finish an air filter change and the radio connector was not fully seated to the radio. I haven't a CB installed but your issue has similar issues as mine did. It vibrated just loose enough to show itself with a day after the air filter change.

Second thought is from another forum, but a member had purchased a new to him 1800 with a mic-mute & remote PTT stuffed under the seat and was randomly being triggered.
Tom, in Mountain Home, Idaho
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Re: Radio's are not working

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Thanks guys, your posts helped me resolve a similar problem with my CB (stuck in Transmit when turned on) that I have been scratching my head over for a couple weeks following an air filter change. Disconnecting the battery finally did the trick but I would have bet money it was rear PTTB I had stowed under the seat!

I think disconnecting/reconnecting the battery should be the first course of action on all newer vehicles when they start doing weird things!

Thanks again, my ride today to the New River Gorge Bridge in WV with my buddy was much more enjoyable since we could communicate again! :D
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Stuck buttons are something we live with and struggle to avoid, but sooner or later it happens. Work them every ride and spray lube/cleaner is handy from time to time. The Radio reset is something that fixes a lot if you have an ailing battery or an MP3 player hooked to the CD player connection. Just a craniums up... don't press ADL/RDM on the radio if you have an MP3 player hooked to the CD connection - it locks the radio up requiring a reset normally! Glad all is working again. Wish I had a CB to trouble me (some time soon though).
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I had a similar experience on my 08 today. Everything was fine on yesterdays ride, but then I did an ECM relearn today according to Cruiserman's procedure I found online. The first step was to disconnect the negative side of the battery for 30 minutes. After reconnecting, I started the bike and let it idle until the fans kicked in according to the procedure. It was then that I noticed that there was no radio sound coming through the speakers or headset. I saw that the RX was on the display, so I tried adjusting the squelch; no effect

I Googled the issue and got a hit from the GL1800 riders form on the exact same issue. The fix ended up being to remove power from the CB for about a minute and it apparently resets itself. To remove power, follow the power wire from the CB to a three pin connector just behind the relay box under the seat. I guess when I removed power for 30 minutes locked up the CB.


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