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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Is it my switch?

So today on my ride, I noticed that my turn signal indicator light was stuck on. I could see that my right front and right rear running lights were not on. When I turned on the turn signals, they worked as they should, but when I canceled them, the indicator was stuck on again. I disassembled the switch and cleaned it with electrical cleaner. I removed the old grease. I do not have any dielectric grease on hand to regrease it with, so I just put it back together for now. I figured that the cleaning would have solved the problem, but it didn't. Any ideas?

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I'm only guessing here so don't bash me if I'm wrong but might be something to look into, but what turns that light on may be a relay and the relay may be failing and not turning it off, I'm sure someone who knows a little more about the electrical system will confirm or say I'm wrong lol but food for thought.

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In cars this is typically the flasher unit that is broken. I'm not sure if bikes have a flasher or use a different tech though... it's never come up for me.
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But it still flashes as it should, so I don't think its the flasher, but I could be wrong. I've noticed that since it got cold, the switch has been acting up a bit. Thought mabey a cleaning would have helped, but I guess not.

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The running light ,and turn signal lights are kinda 2 seperate but related circuits.
both circuits run throught the turn signal switch, they're is 2 seperate switches in there, one for each circuit.

When you say the indicator stays lit, are you reffering to all the lights on the side you just signaled for? and are they flashing or on steady? does the running light come on when the indicator goes out?

you only have running lights in the front normally, unless its been modded.

and you do have a normal turn signal flasher that could be getting stuck closed. causing the indicator to stay on, but that dont sound right. How do you turn them off when they get stuck on?

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Have a close look at the bulbs. One may be going bad and causing it to back feed.


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^ this

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Have a close look at the bulbs. One may be going bad and causing it to back feed.


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You hit the nail on the head. Bulb was faulty. It still lit up, but I guess it was still bad. Replaced both bulbs on the right side and it works fine now. You guys are awesome!

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You hit the nail on the head. Bulb was faulty. It still lit up, but I guess it was still bad. Replaced both bulbs on the right side and it works fine now. You guys are awesome!

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Awesome. I have seen this so many times in cars over the years, figured it would be the same on bike. Glad you got it taken care of.

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^ again this,,,and the best way to start any resolution is "KISS" keep it simple stupid (not calling anyone names) way too many members suggest right off the bat to tear into this or that when checking the simple things first often resolve many issues,,and is way cheaper.

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