I would like to know why it happens


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I would like to know why it happens

Postby gwlegg » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:41 am



Hello friends, good day. I have a small question that make you that although it is not a problem (I think) if I would like to know why it happens. The case is when I'm with my Wing in a completely dark place, I note that light neutral this very very very slightly turned on. Just so I can see when I'm totally in the dark because in daylight, normal situation I could not appreciate. Is this a problem? or is it normal? does it mean something? Thanks for the responses



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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:45 pm

It means the neutral switch is getting dirty but not failed yet. The switch grounds that wire, and the carbon is just starting to provide a ground path. Now it could also be the diode just starting to leak also. So one or the other is my guess.

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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:23 pm

If you want to know,unhook the wire that hooks to the neutral switch.the lamp should go completly off.it can be removed and cleaned.

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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby gwlegg » Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:38 am

Thanks for the replies. I would like to know which is the job that I do, because is from my own experience that extract the neutral switch is laborious. Also I have checked remove the screw of the switch cord and putting it back is difficult because as you know part of the chassis passing overhead. So that remove this switch without removing the engine from the chassis no is how to do it. It is worth doing so now or it might better wait for repair were worth the work that is going to cost?. On the other hand I would like to know where exactly is the diode because not be where it is. Thank you

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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:09 pm

The diode is under the left shelter cover and is in a holder with 4 diodes. Once you find the correct diode, as noted by the one that when removed makes the neutral light change, you can then swap it with another one of the 3 remaining diodes. You can also check the diode with a voltmeter on the resistance scale. I should have continuity in one direction, and be open in the other. If you find continuity in both directions, then that says the diode is bad. The neutral like is not mandatory so if the switch is bad you can consider waiting for additonal repairs before going after it.

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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:13 pm

Another consideration. The neutral light glows continously when bad, and yours is not that bad yet but that does not say it was glowing continously at an earlier time. The combined heat of the neutral light and the high beam light in the neighboring indicator cell can overheat the dividing cell wall. A thining or hole in the wall means the neutral indicator will glow dim when the high beam is on. This is easy to fix by first repairing the neutral light, then repairing the wall with plastic. It is also nice to replace the indicator lights with LED 1SMD Ba9s bulbs and then they consume less power, are brighter, and generate less heat.

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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby Placerville » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:58 am

You said, "When I'm in a completely dark place." So, I'd first start by removing my dash light cover (4 screws) and then, with the bike running, in gear and 'in a dark place', see if that neutral bulb is actually glowing. My point is, the 'slight glow' you see in a 'completely dark place' may be some bleed over from another bulb.
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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby 1grouch2u » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:39 pm

Well, any solution? I hate being left "in the dark" like this... :!: (Drum roll... :lol: )

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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:13 pm

Me too, always something to learn.

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Re: I would like to know why it happens

Postby 1grouch2u » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:52 pm

Yeah, and I want to hear somebody explain how to "wash" the contacts by applying a direct short (or full battery voltage...?) or whatever it is to that thing again- always sounds extreme! :lol:




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