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Hello new GW owner here looking for some help
Just purchased a 1997 Se with 48,000 miles. bike had been sitting for 1 1/2 years as the owner had pasted away. the family member who recently acquired it tried to get it started, he said at first the engine would turn over but he could not get it to fire up..no surprise after sitting for a while... I guess he was determined to get it fired up so he kept cranking it over using first the battery from his other bike and then a car battery, fortunately the car battery was removed from the vehicle first. Anyway by the time I got there to pick it up the starter would not engage. You can here the relay click but that's all that happens???
Is there somewhere I can download a service manual?
 

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hi nc, just possibly the seller ran the heck out of the starter motor an burnt up the brush plate or the armature from excessive heat. try turning on the key, holding the starter button depressed an tapping on the starter motor lightly with a hammer, this might tell you the starter motor is bad. good luck
 

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The starter motor is on the right side of the bike behind the removable covers, when you pull the right side cover off you'll see the reverse cables for the reverse, there are wires running to the starter, an 'A' relay with fuse crammed in by the battery. I'm going to suggest that the starter could possibly have been cooked. There was a site on the internet called www.goldwingdocs.com and you may be able to find the info there or some public libraries have service manuals.
 

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Let me know how you make out nc. You got mail:D
 

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The round cylindrical 'A' relay may have gone bad. The one on my Wing was replaced by the former owner when it had starting issues. The part isn't very expensive.
 
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