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I got two glitches with my '98 1500. The engine won't fire while I'm pushing the starter switch. Soon as I let go, it fires. What's wrong?

The AM side of my radio went out. How do I fix it? FM works fine, antenna is OK - I switched it out to be sure.

Thanks for the help, y'all!
 

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I could be wrong but I would say the starter button needs to be replaced.
or the contacts inside need to be cleaned, serra electronics for radio repair
 

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Try pushing the starter switch in very slowly. You will probably find the point that it makes contact and the engine starts. Probably dirt in the switch or switch is going bad. As far as the radio, when you say no AM do you hear anything like static? I assume when you push the AM switch the radio cuts off. You might want to also check for a bad switch or dirt on the contacts. Otherwise, you will probably need to have the radio serviced/replaced. There are a number of places that do work on the GW radio's. I believe if you do a google search you will see them. Hope this helps. Good luck.
 

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That is a sign of a weak battery, happens a lot on the 1500 Gold Wing, Your battery is probable 3 years old or older, put a new battery in and it will start right up. BTDT :)
 

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From GHCHawaii:
I went with the advice of Carl334. I took apart the switch, cleaned the contacts, and stretched the springs as described on the Goldwingfacts site. So far so good; seems to have solved the problem. Thanks to everybody, especially Carl 334

See previous post today.
 

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From GHCHawaii:
I went with the advice of Carl334. I took apart the switch, cleaned the contacts, and stretched the springs as described on the Goldwingfacts site. So far so good; seems to have solved the problem. Thanks to everybody, especially Carl 334

See previous post today.
But the problem in the original post was not that the started wouldn't engage but it would engage but the bike would not start until he took his finger off the started button. Battery doesn't have enough power to start the bike but has power to spin the starter, once you remove your finger all the power goes to the bike and you are not using any of it to spin the starter.
 

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joe in calif: In my personal case and experience, and I believe in the original post, the contacts were mating/contacting as the switch came out or returned to the original position, not when the switch was pushed in as you would expect. I cleaned mine, but did not dissemble the switch and have not had one problem since. I read "fire" to mean turn the starter and start the engine.
This dirty switch condition has happen 3 times so far on my '95 Aspy in 2 months, headlight bright beams, starter and cruise on/off.
 

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The guy who posted this hasn't replied to anyone's answers yet. I hate it when that happens!! When I had my 92 Gold Wing I had the same problem after the battery was about 3 years old, once I replaced it, no more problem, a couple of friends had the same thing happen to them. But back then yuasa batteries were know to be bad and the plates inside would just break at any time. So there could be a different solution to his problem
I agree with you that FIRE means the engine starting. If it is turning over when he holds the button down than the button is doing it's job, engaging the started motor, if it was the button I would expect the started to spin and stop spinning while the button is depressed. But with electrical stuff you never know what can happen, I'm glad it worked for your problem and I wish digbar1 would post and let us know his outcome.
 

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I believe while the starter is operating the voltage goes below the ignition's operating voltage . as soon as the starter is not drawing down the battery the ignition starts working , the engine is still spinning and fires up.viola:D
 

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Hey, I'm back! The battery is only 18 months old. As a check, tomorrow morning I'll hook up a 50-amp booster and crank it. If she fires OK then, I'll replace the battery.

I just replaced a 2-year-old battery in my Suzi 1500 Intruder, along with changing to 5W-30 oil, and she started right up at 15 degrees. So, the battery could be the problem with the GW 1500. I'll also disassemble and clean the innnards of the right handlebar switch.

I put a 1000-Watt space heater under the engine of the GW for a couple days, and she started for me. Thought the problem was solved. Went out this morning, and no go. I'll check the wiring connector to the engine computer module. This bike has spent its life running funeral escort, outside in all weather, and she's had a lot of corroded connectors.

Thanks for everybody's suggestions! I'll get back to you.
 

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But the problem in the original post was not that the started wouldn't engage but it would engage but the bike would not start until he took his finger off the started button. Battery doesn't have enough power to start the bike but has power to spin the starter, once you remove your finger all the power goes to the bike and you are not using any of it to spin the starter.
Joe..I've had this happen on my '94 after bike sits for a week or more, I hit the start button and the engine cranks over but no fire, then I'll let off of the start switch to give the starter a rest and bingo the bike starts! My battery is almost 3 years old,maybe time for a new one.
 

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I hit the starter this morning, and she fired right up! Took off the sidecar and put her on the lift. Using my Honda manual, I checked all the connectors in the ignition system - found a couple with some crud in them, and cleaned 'em up. The computer connector was real clean - it should be - it was the most weather-resistant connector on the bike. The battery checked out good - plenty of starting amps. While I had the right side plastic off, I checked and cleaned every connector on that side. This 12-year-old bike has been out in the weather running funerals for 12 years, and shows it. Seems like if I run the starter for a second, it wants to start more than when I just hit it and release it. She still won't start so long as I have my finger on the button. Next thing, I'll take the switch apart and see what's in there. Thanks for the tips.
 

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Another glitch - fixed so far

The bike finally wouldn't start, even with a 50-amp jump. Got out my Honda Service Manual and started checking things. Found the kill switch is intermittent. Put a jumper from the battery around the switch, as a backup. The switch goes directly to the coils. So far, so good.

I also did some research in the Honda manual about another part of the starting circuit. Might have a bad diode, because another jumper I put on the bike so it would start actually goes around one of the big diodes. That might explain why it won't fire until I release the button.

Still gotta clean the starter switch; and while I'm in there, I can also check/clean the kill switch.

For now, the old girl's gonna get her sidecar back on so I can run funerals from behind that big windshield and fairing!

Thanks for everybody's ideas and tips.
 

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Found out something else today: Hot wiring the kill switch black/white wire also hot wires the bike! Hit the starter, ride away. The alternator does not work when doing this, nor do the panel lights come on, so the bike won't charge but you can drive it away!

The hot wire also makes the bike fire with the starter button depressed! That adds credence to my thought that I have a blown diode in the starter circuit. Hope this helps somebody. I got the sidehack back on the bike and got a funeral tomorrow at noon; hope the 6-9 inches of show that's forecast for Columbus starts out light!
 
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