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Hey all,

I just recently got my 1990 GL1500 and I'm loving it so far. As soon as the snow melts I'm sure to rack a bunch of miles on it. Well the weather broke a bit on Saturday so I decided for a quick shake down ride.

When I bought the bike Reverse worked great, the day I took it off the trailer the reverse worked great. The next day I moved it from a friends garage to my shed and the Reverse worked great.

Now. It doesn't seem to work. Here are the symptoms:

Bike is running in Neutral with the Neutral light on. I pull the Reverse handle the Neutral light goes off. The bike seems to be engaged in Reverse (can't move it back and forth anymore) but the "R" light does not come on.

After my ride I stuck my hand up in there and wiggled. The "R" came back on.

Yesterday, I went to the bike and no "R" again. So I take the Fairing apart and get down to the lever and the switch that is there. The lever and cables seem to be fine and the switch when activated turns off the Neutral light.

I took the switch out and cleaned it all up and all its contacts.

Still no "R".

One time I left the halde up and went into the garage. When I came back there was an "R".

Any idea what this could be? Do I need a new switch or is there something else it could be?

Thanks

steve
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HI Steve and welcome to the best goldwing site on the net :waving::waving:,I am not a GURU (a guru is someone who knows all the answers )and I am sure one of them will come on and tell you exactly what is wrong ,,,but in the meantime ,check relays and fuses in case one is loose ,also check your side stand switch in case it may be loose and causing the problem ,:waving::waving:,Cheers Ciaran
 
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I am not a GURU (a guru is someone who knows all the answers )
Ahem ! ! ! I was out on my neighbours :18red:today for a spin and I got lost as usual, :whip: Well i dont have a GPS. :crying: I stopped and asked this guy, who I know to be a "Guru" for directions to the next town, :stumped:and he didn't know. :baffled:so how did this guy become a "Guru" :baffled:

Hey Poffy 74, Your very welcome to the forum, :clapper: plenty of experts on this board they will help you out. :waving:

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Hello Steve and welcome to the forum. It sounds like a bad contact somewhere. You didn't say if the reverse actually works when the R lights up, so I'll assume it does and also that reverse won't work when the R doesn't light up.

1. First check the reverse switch on the other side of the engine (below the dipstick). This often causes problems as the little plunger sticks sometimes.

2. Neutral switch. Another problem area. Spray this with WD40 and wiggle it about and see if that helps.

3. Another place to check is the reverse relay under the saddle. This should click when you turn on the ignition (put a finger on it as you turn the ignition and you will feel the click).

4. In the relay bank under the left side cover, relay 3 & 6 should click when the ignition is switched on. Tap all these relays with the ignition on and the reverse handle up and see if the light flicks on. This will isolate the faulty relay, if there is a faulty one.
 

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Redwing. wrote:
wexman wrote:
I am not a GURU (a guru is someone who knows all the answers )
Ahem ! ! ! I was out on my neighbours :18red:today for a spin and I got lost as usual, :whip: Well i dont have a GPS. :crying: I stopped and asked this guy, who I know to be a "Guru" for directions to the next town, :stumped:and he didn't know. :baffled:so how did this guy become a "Guru" :baffled:


:leprechaun: :18red: :leprechaun:
Thats because there is no other town on that island ya moron ,Anyway you would get lost in your own kitchen if it wasnt for SHEP ....Cheers Ciaran
 

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Jason,

Yes, when the "R" lights up the Reverse works fine.

I'll check the others tonight (hopefully).

From what I can tell from the parts lists and servicehonda none of these parts are that rediculously expensive by themselves its just trying to figure out which one(s) I actually need to replace.

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Let us know how you get on. The reverse switch near the dipstick is the most common failure.
 

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Is that the switch that is next to the Reverse handle or on the other side of the bike?

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Sure wish I had reverse on my 1200, got stuck last night. Had to get help to get the thing moving again.
 

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Just to be sure the switch we are talking about is: 35370-MN5-003

Or am I way off?
 

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I was just out at the bike and this is what I have found.

1. Relays 3 and 6 are clicking whenthe bike is turned on.

2. Unders seat relay clicks.

3. I could not find a switch near the dipstick. The two cables terminate at the that circle and then move the arm that goes into the engine.

However, the "R" was coming on and would not fail. So it is working now. What it was is still unknown to me and I would have to say when I go out there again it probably won't work.

Considering we are expecting another foot of snow starting tonight and ending on Friday I won't be able to get to the bike again until the weeekend.

As I delve more I'll post more. I hate intermittent problems.

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poffy74 wrote:
I was just out at the bike and this is what I have found.

1. Relays 3 and 6 are clicking whenthe bike is turned on.

2. Unders seat relay clicks.

3. I could not find a switch near the dipstick. The two cables terminate at the that circle and then move the arm that goes into the engine.

However, the "R" was coming on and would not fail. So it is working now. What it was is still unknown to me and I would have to say when I go out there again it probably won't work.

Considering we are expecting another foot of snow starting tonight and ending on Friday I won't be able to get to the bike again until the weeekend.

As I delve more I'll post more. I hate intermittent problems.

thanks
steve
You are looking on the wrong side of the engine. The reverse switch (not the one with the cables) is actually on the other side of the engine between the oil dipstick and the filler cap!
 

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Ohhh that thing is a switch. I pulled back the boot and it looks fine. No corrosion etc.

This is the second time I've been out to the bike that the R light will come on. I can't take it for a ride because it snowed again.

What section of the Parts Fish is this switch located in?

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Steve, that switch usually fails on the inside, where the little plunger is. Don't know the PN offhand, I'd say Fitzal will find that later on for you. He's good at rooting out these numbers.
 

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Just and update.

I still don't have the part number for that switch.

I did just change out the black switch on the near the reverse handle. I started it up and tried it out.Reverse was looking good :)

steve
 
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