Dead stereo

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Dead stereo

Post by Nightwing93 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:52 pm

Hi guys,
I've got a new one for you.
I went to start my '01 and suddenly the voltage gauge went to 9 volts and it wouldn't turn over.
I turned it off and tried again and the gauge wouldn't show anything.
Thinking it was the battery I put another one in and suddenly was hunky-dory.
But then I checked the voltage on the original battery and it was 12.8, then I put a charger on it and it charged fine.
Now it will hold a charge of about 13.3 fine.

But ever since then the stereo,cb, and intercom all won't show on the dash. Like there is no power to any of them.
But it does show the mileage and trip meter, but the trip meter clears itself every time I start it now.
But it doesn't do that every time.
I'm wondering if the ignition switch contacts could be the culprit?
The bike has a 100k on it also.
Is there a relay that controls these?
Any help would be appreciated....

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Re: Dead stereo

Post by dakotanator » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:30 pm

Grab the owner's manual.........check all the fuses..? Sounds like something shorted someWHERE.
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Re: Dead stereo

Post by gipsy42 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:23 pm

May be weird but something similar happened to my '93 SE after swaping the battery, radio with no volume, clock reseting every time I turn the key off, etc.
The trouble was the 5 Amp. Back Up fuse, which holds power to several parts when the key is off.
Not sure where it's locatedin the GL18, can't help with that.
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Re: Dead stereo

Post by Nightwing93 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:35 pm

Well here's an update,
I figured out that when I disconnect the two big multi-plugs for the stereo and replug in the right one, it pops the 20amp fuse
for the ACC circuit. :cry:
As you stand over the bike from the left, the top left pin of the right plug has power with the key off and the second one down has power
with the key on. So both are powered when the key is on.
I'm going to send the stereo unit into Sierra when the season is over.
No sense riding around with a big hole in my shelter.
I can listen to music through my phone blue-teething to my Sena headset. ;)
I just hope I don't have to search for a dead short somewhere in the wiring....(sigh...) :roll:

And yes, I did clean my air cleaner while I was in there...
I'll keep you posted...
Jim the bewildered....

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Re: Dead stereo

Post by newday777 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:22 am

Dear bewildered

Try with the key on, opening and closing the trunk lid, move the wires on the right side by the hinge to see if any changes happen. Possible broken wires in the harness by the hinge.
Hope you become unbewildered

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