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NewbWing 10-30-2015 07:47 PM

Major Help Please - Starting Issues
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So I have a few questions....

1. Do 79 gl1000s have fuel pumps? I was told most bikes dont.

2. How would I know if my starter switch is bad or if there is a problem further down the line? My horn works...

3. I had to take the valve cover off to take out a spark plug with the set of tools I have at my disposal. Took a quick pic of what was underneath. Is this normal or bad?

Pure Texas 10-30-2015 08:07 PM

Your fuel pump is in that picture,on the Back of the head.
All Goldwings have fuel pumps.

OnaWingAndaPrayer 10-30-2015 08:48 PM

the photo looks like the oil could have been changed more often , otherwise OK.

NewbWing 10-30-2015 09:37 PM

The previous owner installed something called a "pro-formance" fuel pump on it. It is a little gold/yellow box. You can see it at the far left of the pic. I guess I can remove the aftermarket one. Unless the original pump went out...

Bike...and Dennis 10-30-2015 11:55 PM

The OEM pump may well have been leaking or simply stopped working.
Don't you have some electrical issues to address before you move on to the fuel system? Take some advice and do one thing at a time.

RB 10-31-2015 07:31 AM

What happens when you push the starter button?? Have you checked the battery?? should be at least 12.5 v's sitting and shouldn't drop below 10 when you hit the starter button(you need a meter to check this), or take it to a battery place and have it checked. You can check the starter by jumping it..from a car battery..positive to the stud on the starter; negative to ground on the engine if it spins it's OK, if not it's dead..either needs rebuild; or it's shorted out = replace. To check the solenoid circuit next to the back of the battery..key on and take a big screw driver and short across the two big studs on it's top..if the starter spins you've circuit to the solenoid. If battery good and the circuit to the solenoid is good and you push the starter button and all you here is a click at the solenoid it's probably bad = replace.

How long had the bike been sitting? Any history???

NewbWing 10-31-2015 03:32 PM

The bike has been sitting from between 4-34 years. Shady. That is all I know about it. As for testing the starter, I guess I need to find a working battery first...

dingdong 11-01-2015 06:59 AM

Leave the electric fuel pump on. Better than the mechanical pump which probably has failed. By your question I am guessing you don't have a service manual. It would make things a lot easier it you had one. Download here.

AZgl1800 11-01-2015 07:18 AM

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thanks Tom for that link, just added it to the forum Index and saved the manual to my PC.

NewbWing 11-02-2015 12:16 PM

I have downloaded it. I put it aside waiting for some parts to come in and forgot I had it. Thanks for reminding me.

As for the electric fuel pump, how should I wire it to the bike? I have no clue how it was originally connected but it is garbage. The grounding is terrible and the thing sticks out almost as far as the engine.

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