1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start


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john.amato1
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1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start

Post by john.amato1 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:44 pm



Here is my dilemma. Last week, I connected my battery and as soon as I pushed the start button, I got a click and nothing. Today, I was ready to tackle the problem. I checked the battery and it was 13.5V. As soon as I connected the positive the voltage went down to 10V. No lights came on nothing not even a click.
I looked all over the bike for a short and after two stressful hours I called it a day.
What could be causing this issue?

Can anyone help.

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Re: 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start

Post by Sidcar » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:32 am

Any wires or components getting warm/hot?

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Re: 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start

Post by bluthundr31 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:20 am

I'd be tempted to check all the fuses and relays, double check the "dog-bone" fuse or put the "spare" on. Something is causing that drain at the positive cable, , it could be alot of things, but the fuses/relays are the first place I'd look.

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Re: 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:53 am

john.amato1 wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:44 pm
. I checked the battery and it was 13.5V. As soon as I connected the positive the voltage went down to 10V. No lights came on nothing not even a click.
I would bet on a bad battery. And always connect the positive first, negative last.

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Re: 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start

Post by bellboy40 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:44 am

DaveO430 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:53 am
I would bet on a bad battery. And always connect the positive first, negative last.
That would be my first choice as the problem also. Get the battery tested at one of the local parts stores. That statement about connecting the positive cable caught my eye also. As Dave pointed out, the negative should always be connected last when installing a battery.... and removed first when taking the battery out. The main reason for this is because if you accidentally short your tool to ground when removing the positive battery terminal, there won't be a giant spark spark if you get the negative cable off first. That could/will ruin the screwdriver or wrench you were using, or worse, give you a bad burn.

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Re: 1994 Goldwing GL 1500 SE won't start

Post by Mh434 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:43 pm

I'm going with the battery as well. Just because it shows decent voltage at rest doesn't mean it's got enough amperage to spin over the engine. These batteries are small, and the GL1500 is a power-hungry beast with a marginal electrical energy budget. If you have a spare, working car battery, try a jump start with cables to your bike's battery. If that doesn't fire it up, there are other avenues to follow.

By the way - you mentioned that when you hooked up the positive lead you only had 10 volts. The GL1500 won't even try to crank with voltage that low. The click you heard was no doubt the solenoid...and the voltage to operate it may be all the battery was capable of delivering.

Was the bike (and battery) sitting for a period of time? Normal lead/acid batteries sulfate when they're not being cycled often, dramatically reducing their load capacity. A "smart" charger can help to prevent that, as it cycles the battery up & down and helps to prevent sulfation.

A lot of GL1500 owners (me included) have gone to aftermarket high-output alternators & AGM-style batteries. That generally puts an end to charging & starting problems.

Keep us posted...



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