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Hot wire on battery grounded & bunt. Repaced hot lead, but still no power. Where is fuse panel for ignition?

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Fuse box should be under the seat.

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I have a gl 1200 goldwing 1985 and the 10amp fuse for ignition keeps blowing I have clean the run and stop switch and ignition switch .And it's still doing the same thing any ideas that's may help


Hi, Peter before diagnosing your blown fuse issue check the bottom of your seat if it's metal and comes in close proximity to the positive battery post you need to take the necessary steps to ensure there is no contact (electrical tape, thick rubber insulation, hammer a dent in the seat bottom etc.) also you are going to need a wiring from your service manual a test light, an ohmmeter and plenty of extra fuses. If you turn on your ignition switch and immediately blow a fuse you have a hard/dead short and is usually easy to find. With a test light connected to the hot side of the blown fuse holder start stabbing the wire/s that leads away from the fuse holder and towards the ignition switch, you test light will illuminate validating the short. When the test light fails to illuminate you have passed the short and need to back up until the test light illuminates, then look in the immediate area for the short.
If you driving down the road for 30 minutes or 15 miles and blow a fuse you have soft/flying short and may take some time and patience to find.
If the main fuse/circuit breaker constantly blows/trips while riding you probably have a faulty battery terminal connection. Check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary. Any other fuses that constantly keep blowing while riding are usually caused by a loose or corroded ground wire in the circuit, which means you have to check, inspect, test each and everyone with and ohm meter set on a low ohm scale 100 ohms or less . Simply touch one lead to the ground source and the other lead to the battery negative terminal, a reading of zero indicates a clean solid ground. Any number reading or infinity indicates a poor ground and needs to be repaired. Poor or weak grounds require excessive additional amperage to complete the circuit which in turn blows the small amperage fuse. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have nice a day.
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Electric fuelpump does not seem to be working


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First trace the fuel pump fuse to the battery and, make sure you have power to the fuse you may need to replace the old wire from the battery to the fuse, if the power goes to the system relay but, doesn't come back out; replace the bad relay; still not working? next:
Connect a long 18 gauge wire between the fuel pump + or, positive (hot) connector and, the battery momentarily and, listen for the fuel pump motor to "buzz" If it does remove the wire and follow the hot wire up to the hidden relay; jump the relay, if it buzzes the fuel pump; replace the relay, if jumping the relay didn't work and the fuel pump still does not "buzz" check the pump ground: connect a wire between a bare, unpainted area on the frame and, the - negative (ground) fuel pump connector start up the fuel pump, normally if it now buzzes replace the ground wire or, scrape the place where the ground wire attaches to the frame and, re install the ground screw.

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Cant figure out a short in wire harness


Hi, Pennie before diagnosing your blown fuse issue you are going to need a wiring from your service manual a test light, an ohmmeter and plenty of extra fuses. If you turn on your ignition switch and immediately blow a fuse you have a hard/dead short and is usually easy to find. With a test light connected to the hot side of the blown fuse holder start stabbing the wire/s that leads away from the fuse holder and towards the ignition switch, you test light will illuminate validating the short. When the test light fails to illuminate you have passed the short and need to back up until the test light illuminates, then look in the immediate area for the short.
If you driving down the road for 30 minutes or 15 miles and blow a fuse you have soft/flying short and may take some time and patience to find.
If the main fuse/circuit breaker constantly blows/trips while riding you probably have a faulty battery terminal connection. Check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary. Any other fuses that constantly keep blowing while riding are usually caused by a loose or corroded ground wire in the circuit, which means you have to check, inspect, test each and everyone with and ohm meter set on a low ohm scale 100 ohms or less . Simply touch one lead to the ground source and the other lead to the battery negative terminal, a reading of zero indicates a clean solid ground. Any number reading or infinity indicates a poor ground and needs to be repaired. Poor or weak grounds require excessive additional amperage to complete the circuit which in turn blows the small amperage fuse. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have nice a day.
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Hot wire and ground wire


I would get a repair manual for the bike that includes the wiring schematic and purchase a multi-meter to check AC or DC voltages, resistance or continuity of electrical components- briefly speaking, it will let you check to see if there is voltage present on a circuit, etc.

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Tap into ignition power source


Don't bother with finding a certain wire Bro,go to the fuse panel and use a contenuity test light.Hook aligator clip to ground and turn the switch on.Touch the test probe to any fuse an the tester bulb will light up.Turn switch off and light goes out.Under the panel cap will tell you what the fuse goes to.Best to use one that isn't part of ignition circute cause you may be using it while riding and could take power from the ignition.Use one that's power to lights or brake light switch is most power for USB charger.Mount the recepticle somewhere inconspicuous,like on seat frame,so doesn't take away from bikes apperance,and get a little brass clip from any auto parts store,that clips on the fuse,pop fuse out and test which side is still hot,and clip the brass tang to the other side so you are the a fused connection.Run your hot wire and good to go.The recepticle mounting is your ground to complete the circut.

Oct 02, 2013 | Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic Motorcycles

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I lost the keys to my 2005 ninja 250 and had to replace the ignition but i had to hot wire it to get it home I have since replaced the ignition and now it won't start I'm getting power to the


Check down by the battery and the fuse box area and make sure that all the fuses are good. It may have blown a fuse when you where hot wiring it.

Dec 15, 2012 | 2005 kawasaki Ninja 250 R

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When i turn ignition key fuse blows on yamaha sr 125 02 model if i bridge fuse bike runs but know some thing on electrics is gonna give


Disconnect the battery and get a test light you need to start looking for a electrical short hot wire grounded.start at the hot leed beyone the fuse and anywhere there are sharp bends and wire insulation may have worn through or sharp edges.

Oct 23, 2012 | 2001 Yamaha SR 125

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We have no power. No lights or anything. tryed the battery that is good. Checked all fuses they are good. checked the spark plugs and they also are good. what could it be?


No power to anything on the bike means that the primary power circuit is not complete. On older bikes, especially ones stored outside for any length of time, the most common culprits are the ground wire and the main lead to the circuit box. A more distant possibility is a bad ignition switch.

Check the ground first, as it's easy. Follow the heavy cable from the negative lead of your battery down to wherever it bolts to the frame. See any rust or corrosion, either where the cable attaches to the battery or where it attaches to the frame? A bad ground can cause total electrical system failure, as well as all kinds of intermittent problems, and it's simple to fix--unbolt the cable, brush/sand off the corrosion, and re-attach. See if that makes any difference.

If your ground looks good, the next most likely place to check is the line from the positive battery terminal to the fuse box. Disconnect both the positive and negative leads of your battery, and use a meter or continuity tester to touch where the positive battery terminal would connect and to the main fuse in the fuse box. You should see continuity. If you don't, try a few other fuses. If you don't see continuity on any of them, turn the ignition switch to the "on" position and check again, just in case the main electrical feed goes through the ignition switch before hitting the fuse box (most bikes I've serviced are not wired this way). If you don't find continuity, start tracing back from the fuse box to the positive battery terminal. You may find an inline main fuse outside the fuse box that's gone bad, or a fusible link that's gone open. In addition, particularly on vintage Yamaha motorcycles, the fuse box junction itself was prone to corrosion, so the wire would be fine all the way up to the fusebox, where electricity would then hit resistance.

If all this checks out, try testing the ignition switch. Usually, the switch can be disconnected via a (somewhat awkward to reach) connector, giving you a handful of unlabeled leads to test. Turn the switch to the "on" position, and use the continuity meter to test that a complete circuit is being made between some or all of the wires. Typically, one wire will be black (the ground), so clip a lead to that and test the other wires in this bundle in relation to that one. At least some of them should show continuity when the ignition switch is turned on. None of them should show continuity when the switch is turned off. Honda ignition switches are usually very reliable, though, so I consider this a less likely cause for your symptoms than a fault in your primary electrical wiring.

Good luck!

May 10, 2011 | 1982 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing

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2001 HD Dyna FXDP complete electrical shutdown... battery hot, fuel guage & light hot, ignition hot, starter hot... won't turn over, no accessory lights in general. HELP!


Let's see what we have here,
Battery is hot
fuel gauge and light hot
Ignition hot
starter hot
What we don't have
no accessory lights and the starter won't turn the engine over.

I'm sorry but I don't have a schematic for your bike to refer to but usually Harley puts instruments, lights, ignition, and accessories on separate fuses or breakers. Sounds like you've blown the accessories fuse as I think this one controls power to the starter relay. I think your fuses are behind the electrical panel on the left side of the bike.

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Ignition Fuse keeps blowing


From another forum,

"You've got an exposed hot wire somewhere in the power circuit that's grounding out and causing resistance in the wire. Not sure how to help on this one, electrical problems are damn near invisible, but I'd start looking for a burn mark or scorched insulation on any of the wiring leading up the relay, starter, or main fuze block in the tail."

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