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81 gl 1100 won't start

Starters good solenoid is good and the fuses and switches are also good

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  • chunkyboy197 May 28, 2009

    it wont even turn over and they are good that has nothing to do with it not turning over



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Check the alternator brushes.

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I have 81 Goldwing rode to my mom's and got ready to go went to crank it and it won't do nothing at all the fuses seem good no lights or anything will come on any ideas?

Sounds like a flat battery? Test the battery with a bulb and a piece of wire.

Does the Goldwing have an anti-theft system? If that was stopping you, the lights would normally work.

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Hooked brake lights up and it stopped starting and all lights stopped working when u turn key on i got new battery and rectafifer on it

Hi, Steve and the usual suspects are:
1. Ignition Switch not in the "ON" position.
2. Engine Run Switch in the "OFF" position.
3. Discharged battery, check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check the 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.
4. Bank angle sensor tripped and ignition/light key switch not cycled to the "OFF" position and then back to the "ON" position.
5. Faulty starter button/switch.
6. Faulty jiffy stand or clutch pull in switch/sensor.
7. Security alarm needs a reset.
8. Starter control circuit, relay, or solenoid faulty.
9. Main fuse or circuit breaker blown or faulty.
10. Electric starter shaft pinion gear is not engaging or over-running starter clutch slipping.
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Goldwing won t start

Check for any blown fuses or relays, check the starter switch to make sure power is going into the switch and out to the starter solenoid, if there is power coming from the switch to the solenoid but the starter wont turn you will have to have the starter checked or replaced.

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1982 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing try to start and solenoid clicks

Hi, Anonymous you turn on the ignition switch press the starter button and all you get is the dreaded "CLICK" now before testing any electrical component in the Starter System it is "IMPERATIVE" that you have a fully charged battery of 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test if necessary, you may have a preliminary reading of 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amperage, the battery is faulty and must be replaced. AGM type batteries fall into this scenario more so than lead acid batteries and the usual suspects are:
1. Battery terminals have loose or corroded connections.
2. Battery cables faulty due corroded or broken internal wiring at the cable connector especially the "NEGATIVE" cable which needs to be checked at "BOTH" ends.
3. Battery voltage, must be 12.5 volts or better, voltage from the battery to the main circuit breaker to the ignition switch to the security/ignition fuse to the TSM/TSSM module to the engine stop/run switch to the starter button to the starter relay to the green wire that connects to the starter solenoid can not drop more than 1/2 volt of battery voltage.
4. Disconnect spark plug cables, with a voltmeter connected to the battery, the ignition switch in the on position, the kill switch in the run position, the starter button depressed, starter engagement should not bring voltage below 9.6 volts DC. If the voltage is below 9.6 the battery is faulty and must be replaced. I "HIGHLY" recommend a maintenance free AGM battery typically they have more amperage for cranking.
5. Faulty starter relay, check continuity.
6. Faulty starter solenoid, check contact plate and shoes for excessive electrical erosion/etching, refurbish as necessary or invert contact plate and use the virgin backside. Check contact shoes for being loose. Replace solenoid if the negative function is still a final outcome.
7. Faulty starter, bench test starter with a 12-volt battery if negative function check, decontaminate and undercut armature commutator segments as necessary, check segments with an ohmmeter probe each one and the segment next to it for shorts. Have the armature tested with a growler and field coils, and brush plate with an ohm-meter for opens, shorts or grounds. Replace brushes if less than .438" It is generally cheaper to overhaul/refurbish a starter motor than buying a new one.
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1981 GL 1100. Put on new starter solenoid and it started great. Next week I had trouble with the engine starting. Turned over fine but, it was wet from rain. Turned it over for about 30 seconds. No...

Tap on the starter with a plastic hammer. If it starts working you probably need new brushes in the starter. If new solenoid is not clicking when you push the button, the button may be dirty or broken. push the button halfway in and the headlight turns off. Then , push the button the rest of the way in and it should engage the solenoid.

Aug 19, 2010 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing

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Can't find main fuse box to change maid fuse on my 1981 1100 goldwing...

It is attached to the starter solenoid under the side panel

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Jul 06, 2010 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Innerstate Gold Wing

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I have a 82 gl 1100 goldwing. The previous owner

The fuse on the starter solenoid is the main fuse for the bike. If that fuse was removed and replaced with a wire, you could melt down the entire harness or even burn up the cycle. The short that was popping the fuse has probably melted part of the harness or popped fuses in another part of the bike. Start checking in the main fuse box in the fake tank for shorts. Also check the solenoid with the main fuse for melt down, good luck.

Apr 28, 2010 | 1982 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing

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No power to starter switch

Check all fuses including one on start solenoid,make sure Kill switch is set to run, if there are safety devices on this bike u may need to be in neutral.if jumping power to the starter solenoid will turn it over start button may need cleaning or to be replaced if it is getting power.

Apr 16, 2010 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing

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1981 honda goldwing wont start

while trying to start an engine, and only the solenoid clicks, there are these 3 things- no juice from the battery, starter corroded contacts(the big cables) or starter is shot. so first make sure the battery is charged, next make sure the cable mounts from battery to starter are clean(no rust), if that is all good and doesnt start , remove starter and have it tested.

Jul 02, 2009 | 1981 Honda GL 1100 Gold Wing

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Starter will not turn over

Just uncap the wire going to the plugs. Kick the starter and hold the naked end of the wire close to the body. If you don't get a sharp sparking from the ends of the wire to the body then you'll know there is insufficient current being supplied to it by start solenoid...............sodeep

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