gl1500 starting issues when wet - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

 3Likes
Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Union, New Jersey, USA
Model: 2017 GL1800, 2000 GL1500SE, 1996 GL1500SE
Posts: 421
Send a message via AIM to crazzyrman
gl1500 starting issues when wet

I have a '96 gl1500se that starts great when its dry, but won't start cold in or after the rain until it dries out for awhile. The bike will restart in the rain easily when its already been running & warmed up. When its cold & wet I can smell the gas coming out the exhaust & sometimes it backfires.
crazzyrman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 02:13 AM
Senior Member
 
SMEDEN(=the blacksmith)'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Vordingborg, , Denmark
Year: 2006
Make: Honda
Model: GL1000 1975 K1+GL1800 2006 airbag(US-model)+NRX1800 Rune 2004
Posts: 1,543
Garage
Check your battery , - the 1500 wont start if the battery is a little weak (not enough current for the ignition), and your batteri is weaker when cold .
An AGM type is the best choice .

The winner is the man with most tools !
SMEDEN(=the blacksmith) is offline  
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Union, New Jersey, USA
Model: 2017 GL1800, 2000 GL1500SE, 1996 GL1500SE
Posts: 421
Send a message via AIM to crazzyrman
Quote:
Originally Posted by SMEDEN(=the blacksmith) View Post
Check your battery , - the 1500 wont start if the battery is a little weak (not enough current for the ignition), and your batteri is weaker when cold .
An AGM type is the best choice .


I have an agm battery & a voltmeter on the bike, the battery is decent. I can start the bike in 15*f & dry conditions, just not if the bike is wet even in 40*f on a cold engine.
crazzyrman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 03:21 AM
Senior Member
 
John J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Aylesbury, , United Kingdom
Year: 2006
Make: Honda Goldwing
Model: GL1800A6
Posts: 700
Garage
From what you say it sounds like the engine cranks when you try to start it but does not fire, hence the smell of gas. I would start by checking the main dog bone fuse hasn't got a crack. I would also make sure the kill switch is working properly. A test for the kill switch is to see if the 'cruise on' (should be pressed in) light is lit when you turn on the ignition. Does sound like something isn't making contact when it shrinks in the cold. The 2 contacts in the kill switch can sometimes need tightening so it may be worth checking that anyway, as the problem is intermittent, even if your cruise light does light up. There are 2 crosshead screws in the kill switch which may need snugging up.

GL1800A 2006
Previously:
GL1500SE \'98
Harley Fatboy 2004
Triumph Rocket Touring 2010
Honda Valkyrie 2002 (fantastic!)
Pan European ST1100
John J is offline  
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 05:24 AM
Senior Member
 
Erdeniz Umman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Türkiye
Year: 2000
Make: Honda
Model: GL1500SE Euro Spec
Posts: 1,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by John J View Post
From what you say it sounds like the engine cranks when you try to start it but does not fire, hence the smell of gas. I would start by checking the main dog bone fuse hasn't got a crack. I would also make sure the kill switch is working properly. A test for the kill switch is to see if the 'cruise on' (should be pressed in) light is lit when you turn on the ignition. Does sound like something isn't making contact when it shrinks in the cold. The 2 contacts in the kill switch can sometimes need tightening so it may be worth checking that anyway, as the problem is intermittent, even if your cruise light does light up. There are 2 crosshead screws in the kill switch which may need snugging up.
Since the bike is a later model (>1992) the 55A fuse is out of the ignition circuit, so it can't be the problem.

I suspect some bad spark plug wires or spark plug caps are getting wet and grounding themselves.
redwing52 likes this.

Last edited by Erdeniz Umman; 01-30-2017 at 12:59 PM.
Erdeniz Umman is offline  
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 07:03 AM
Member
 
flash2002's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 63
It sounds like you have a bad or corroded connection. A few things can cause this problem, metal shrinks when it's cold so you might get a bad contact. If you have connections that have corrosion the humidity can give a bad connection to the contacts. Check most of the grounds you can get at and clean contacts.
flash2002 is offline  
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 09:26 AM
Moderator
 
Bike...and Dennis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Glendale, Arizona, USA
Model: 1987 GL1200 Interstate 290,000 miles
Posts: 21,030
Check the coils for cracks.
DaveO430 likes this.

Why ain't we ridin'?
Bike...and Dennis is offline  
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 10:20 AM
Member
 
mainwiz3's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Countryside, Illinois, USA
Year: 1989
Make: GL1500
Model: Aspencade
Posts: 242
Garage
Send a message via Yahoo to mainwiz3
I am not sure if the 1500's have plug drain holes like the 1100's if it does check and make sure they are not plugged this can ground out the plugs when wet and as soon as it dries out problem disappears.

Tell me it can't be done and I will make it happen if I can make or get the parts made
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Previous bikes
76 GL 1000
77 GL 1000
81 Interstate (Daily Bike)
81 Interstate ( Future standard with some twists)
82 Aspencade (restoration Project been sitting since 95 possibly trike)
Current
89 GL1500 Aspencade
mainwiz3 is offline  
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 10:31 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Year: 1999
Make: GL1500 SE
Posts: 5,358
As others have said. the symptoms are typical of a leaking ignition system. Wires will probably fix the issue. If not coils and wires. Look the coils over real good. If they look fine then change the wires only.

Mike

Worked on the "big rigs" for 45 years now just riding my Wing whenever I can. Gets cold in Wisconsin.
redwing52 is offline  
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2017, 07:13 PM
Senior Member
 
gumbyred's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Model: 2006 Level 2 Gold Wing
Posts: 1,708
My pickup was having trouble starting in damp weather. I tried spraying a little WD40 (water displacement) on the plug wires, and cap. So far so good.
gumbyred
gumbyred is offline  
Closed Thread

  Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums > Forums > Goldwing Technical Forum

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Starting issues, GL1500 us385south Goldwing Technical Forum 7 09-25-2013 04:07 PM
GL1500 starting issues gwritesel Goldwing Technical Forum 19 07-18-2010 11:11 PM
Starting Issues dljb1005 Goldwing Technical Forum 3 05-20-2009 08:36 AM
GL1500 Hard starting when wet Geneo Goldwing Technical Forum 2 04-16-2009 01:02 PM
GL1500 Starting/Warmup Issues sandiegobrass Goldwing Technical Forum 9 10-15-2007 09:33 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome