1983 1100 Goldwing will not start

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Dave M, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. Dave M

    Dave M Guest

    Replaced battery, starter, starter selenoid, still bike will not start.
    Tries to but sounds like dead battery: two cranks, selonoid clicks several
    times then dead. All lights and gauges come on strong. Some say retifier,
    some say stater..... Hummmmm??
    How do you test a rectifier and what other possibilities can I look for.
    Engine is not seized. Get me back on my scoot guys!! Thanks
    Dave M, Apr 20, 2004
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    Mark Olson Guest

    The rectifier and the stator have nothing to do with starting. They have
    everything to do with *charging* the battery, but you don't need either of
    them to start and run the engine.

    Is it a new battery, and did you charge the battery before putting it into
    the bike? You do have to charge brand new batteries for best longevity.

    If the battery is not the problem, you probably have a loose cable in the
    starting circuit. I would go over all the connections, wire brush and
    retighten them.

    One thing you can do is to measure the voltage across the battery terminals
    while pressing the starter button. If the voltage remains high, near 12V,
    it is a cable problem or something other than the battery at least. If
    the voltage across the battery drops very low, it's the battery.
    Mark Olson, Apr 20, 2004
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  3. Dave M

    Dave M Guest

    New battery and was charged prior to installation. When it still wouldn't
    start I opted for a new (rebuilt) starter. Still, when I try to start it it
    still gives the appearence of a dead and or dying battery. Turns over
    slowly maybe twice and then the selenoid starts clicking. Then nothing.
    Dave M
    Dave M, Apr 21, 2004
  4. Dave M

    Mark Olson Guest

    What is the voltage across the battery (do not probe the cable ends,
    probe the lead (Pb) terminals of the battery itself) while cranking?

    I am guessing since the battery is new and fully charged that you will
    see the full 12V across the battery. That means the voltage is being
    dropped elsewhere in the circuit. Probably you have a bad connection,
    a common place (no pun intended) is where the negative battery cable is
    attached to the engine and/or frame.

    I would do voltage drop testing all the way through the starting circuit,
    it really can't be anything other than a bad connection if all the parts
    are new and known good as you say.
    Mark Olson, Apr 21, 2004
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    R11RS Guest

    A friend of mine had a similar problem with an"82" wing.
    Turned out he left the fuel valve on reserve for a time while parked, &
    the cylinders were full of fuel,& had the engine "hydro-locked"
    We took the spark plugs out,drained the oil,[it was mostly gas] changed
    the filter,let the engine dry-out over-nite while charging the battery.
    Next morning put in a new set of plugs,& it started,smoked for a while
    then cleared.
    He only ran it a few hundred miles or so & changed oil & filter again, &
    it's been just fine.
    Anyway-------something to check!!!
    Good luck with it & let us know what you found!
    R11RS, Apr 24, 2004
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