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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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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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