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problem with head light and turn signal
Ok so while riding my headlight started flashing off and on. I got it home and thought I discovered a loose wire. I checked the connection and it worked for a few days.Suddenly it began flashing again and now I can not get it to work at all. I checked the falshers and they work fine as hazard just will not work as turn signal. Originally I fixed the issue at the started cyliennoid near the battery if that helps anyone. I just have no idea where to even start looking for the issue.
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#1 09-03-2010, 03:22 PM,
Dirty starter button?
'RIDE TO BE SEEN' :d

Most common quote from a cager after killing a motorcyclist.

"I never saw him" instead of "I never looked for him".
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#2 09-03-2010, 04:08 PM,
First you need a copy of the wiring diagram for your bike. One of the admins. can probably get you the link faster than I…….

You have two issues: intermittent headlight and a directional which does not work, both of which used to work without fail
Headlight – using a trouble light, test to see if the headlight is getting power;
if there is power – test the bulb, if the bulb does not work, replace bulb (Sylvania has been suggested by
members of this forum)
if there is no power – check the fuse; if the fuse is good, test for power between the headlight plug and
the fuse, using the wiring diagram as your guide

Directional – test to see if either directional works (two functions, the bulb must glow AND blink)
If neither side bulb lights, check the fuse
If fuse is good, check to see if the flashing unit is getting power – use wiring diagram
If only on one side, the bulb does not glow, test the bulb first, there are two elements in the bulb, one is
the running light (dim light) and the other is the directional/flasher (bright light)
If one of the elements is bad, replace the bulb
If both elements in the bulb are good, the next logical step is to trouble shoot the wiring as was done
with the headlight, but, I have experienced a similar situation with my running/directional lights and
found the problem to be the directional switch itself. Contact cleaner did not help my situation, but
may help yours. Cleaning the switch contacts requires taking the left side, hand control switch apart
to view and spray the contacts with cleaner. A delicate task requiring considerable time and patience
because of the smallness of the parts involved.

If cleaning the contacts still does not solve your situation, trouble shoot the wiring from the bulb which does not glow to
the switch.

Trouble shooting an electrical problem is time consuming and usually is a simple fix, the time is spent looking for the fault in
the system.
Always start with the simple fixes, is it getting power, bulbs, fuses, plugs, then trouble shoot the wiring harness.

I hope this sheds some light...(pardon the pun)

Good luck.

-Ride on
enjoying the view from the saddle....... due mainly to the people and information found within this site
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#3 09-09-2010, 09:31 AM,


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