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I am assuming I have an earth problem on my "88 GL 15, Fuel guage stopped working, have noticed thatalso brake lights, front lever and foot , brake lights work sporadically...anybody know where (assuming it is an earth problem), where to start looking for the cause? I also found taht the right front fog lamp kept "burning" the plastic casing, I mangaed to renew the light socket, but I have obviously not cured the root cause..

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Might start with this: http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums...orum/384168-gl1500-common-ground-gremlin.html

If that does not work, then you could approach the Search further by unplugging all circuits except the ignition... run the bike, then start plugging in one fuse or relay at a time, until the problem appears, at which point you'll have an idea of what circuit it's in. Similarly, you can unplug the entire rear end of the bike (via big connector by left shock, upper end) to largely isolate any ground problem between the rear & front halves of the bike.
 

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Hi Alex,

thanks for the info, will give it a bash over the weekend. I renewed the rear tyre last Friday eve, removed side load boxes, I could have disturbed something in the process. Will post "fix" when and if I find the problem!

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Its SERIOUSLY Haunted!! I went to the store this eve to do the usual "bread and milk run", joyfully hopped on bike all lights came on, turned the starter and click...all dead...that nauseating feeling when you start wondering how the Hell you going to get this heavy machine home tonight...fuses were all good, I left ignition on, fiddled with battery cable, lights came on again...after a few attempts she started, rode home, very gently, turned off ignition once parked in garage, and dead again...Loosened and retightened pos battery terminal, which happens to have a thin single wire accompanying it (what is that wire for)? The thin wire had no terminal on it, I put one on and retightened, and all fine now (still dont have operating fuel guage) taht still remains a mystery and will check the plug you mentioned Alex....seems she may have separate "Ghosts" haunting. One of those situations taht once out riding again you cant help but wonder "what next"...
 

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...Loosened and retightened pos battery terminal... and all fine now...
This could all be caused by a bad Starter Relay... the one located adjacent/fwd to the positive battery terminal... I'm thinking that you unknowingly jiggeled the relay around , causing it to work again. Relays can have intermittant failure, which in the case of this particular one, causes pretty much the entire bike to go dead. Check the connections to that relay, verifying they are clean and tight; you can also Jump the terminals on the relay (with ignition 'On') to bypass a failed unit.
 

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Just a thought for you the 1500 was known for bad grounds. On the right side of the frame up under the plastic. 1. Remove seat 2. Remove radio 3. pockets then upper plastic that big black wire bolted to the frame is your main ground. It should be clean of all corrosion although it usually isn't. then tighten. I actually added a second ground wire and connected it some where behind the battery box. Everything does better now.
 
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