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Re: motor turn over as soon as I put the battery cable on...
For the motor to engage even with ignition off would indicate that the starting relay/solenoid is faulty and the contacts are fused together. Another possibility and that could also be responsible for the missing lights would be a mis-connected connector.
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Check your speedometer cable, detach it from the speedometer elevate the front wheel and spin it notice the inner cable if it turns or not, if not replace the cable if it spins then replace the speedometer.
Centerstand the motorcycle, locate the starter under the left cylinders, pull back the rubber cover on the solenoid cable and unbolt the battery cable, take out the two bolts holding the back end of the starter to the block, and pull the starter straight out of the motor. You may have to gently pry the starter out with the help of a screw driver.
I HAVE A 1982 HONDA GOLDWING GL ASPACDE 1100CC. I BROKE THE TIMING BELT ONTHE RIGHT SIDE . I REPLACE WITH BOLTH NEEW BELTS . I PUL THEM ON . I DIDNT DO MY HOME WORK AND I BROKE A VALVE ON MY RIGHT SIDE I PUT ON A NEW HEAD WITH NEW GASKET. IWENT TO THE BOOK TO PUT IT BACK IN TIME I TOOK OFF TIMING COVER AND TURN IT TO IT IS FOR LEFT SIDE WITH MARK ON PULLY MATCH .PUT LEFT SIDE BELT ON . THAN I TURN MOTOR TO2T ONTIMING MARK THAN I TURN RIGHT SIDE PULLY TO MARK . PUT TIMING BELT ON . TRY TO START IT BY BUMPING STARTER IHAVE ALL PLUGS OUT .TO SEE IF IT WOULD WORK. IT TURN A LITTLE BIT AND LOCK UP . I TURN IT BACK WEARDS IT WOULD GOBACK SO FAR .WHAT AM I DOING WRONGE PLEASE TELL ME . DANNY
If the motor seems like it is idling roughly/misfiring try putting on a set of new spark plug caps on. You can purchase NGK brand for about $5 each ($20). I drove my first used GL1000 home from the dealership and was regretting the purchase it was running so terribly. I had the spark plug caps in my pocket on the way home. I changed the caps in the driveway and could not believe the difference. It was a completely different motorcycle. The resisters in the caps often burn out. If you check the caps with a voltage meter they should read 5000 OHMS. Anything higher or lower replace the cap. It is possible to replace the clutch plates with the motor in the frame. The clearance is very tight. First, check that the clutch cable is not binding. This can cause the clutch to slip each shift and it is a lot easier to replace. Next smell the oil to see if there are burnt clutch plates. It may be easier to try replacing just the clutch springs. If they are below 1.35 inches (34.2 mm) they are below tolerance and need to be replaced. New tolerance is 1.4 inches (35.5 mm).Use only OEM Honda springs. If you inspect the clutch plates and they are warped, scored, or burnt replace the whole set with OEM Honda parts. Replace the cable first, then the springs, then the plates.
Try adjusting the cable slack at the back of the motor. If there is still not enough tension in the system you may have a worn cable housing and you will have to replace the cable assembly. Sometimes the lever hole (where the cables attach) and the hole where the mounting bolt for the lever wear out of round. You may find replacing the lever and the mounting bolt will also help the clutch work more smoothly.
Make a connection between the positive battery cable and the starter cable located on the solenoid. This will put power directly to the starter. If the starter turns the motor over then the contacts inside the solenoid are burnt, replace the solenoid. If when jumping the solenoid the starter does not turn over , remove the starter and check to see if the brushes are worn out. If the brushes are worn replace them. If the starter is worn out replace it no other parts are available to fix it.
Stator that produces power - doesn't turn, the rotor turns with the cranckshaft around the stator.
Starter that turns the motor over - has a solenoid .
First check that the battery is fully charged and the cables are tight then check the fuse in the top of the solenoid, if there isn't one then check the inline fuse that goes to the solenoid. replace if bad. start it.
Second if the fuse is good , jump the solenoid with a screwdriver or two and see if the starter turns over. if it does then your solenoid is bad. replace the solenoid. start it
if it doesn't turn over, remove the starter and have it bench tested, if it is bad, replace starter.
If the starter is good then.......
Put the bike in 5th gear and try to push it and see if the motor turns over.
If it does, try to start it again with the starter. i had an old Goldwing that was sitting and the starter couldn't turn the motor over until i broke the motor free.
Check the routing of the choke cable and, basically, make sure it does not get kinked or pulled tight when the handlebars are turned from side to side. Then, remove any excess free play in the cable by turning the adjustment fitting that's part of the cable. You want it so that the choke mechanism on the carburetors begins to move as soon as the handlebar mounted choke lever is moved. If the cable is worn worn - or broken - replace it.
1st, Your alternator is charging real heavy. the lower yhe voltage the hidher the amps. 2nd, yes, Turn on one and the other dima is indicarive of a poor ground which would in turn affect the charging rate. Nowm The bad ground is more than likely the battery cable on the negative. But, Check the other end of the cable also. good luck- Ned