1977 GL1000 - Turn signals don't blink, stay on

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1977 GL1000 - Turn signals don't blink, stay on

Post by irscott11 » Fri May 22, 2015 4:25 pm

Hi to all,

New to the forum. I have a 77 GL1000 and the turn signals stay on when I turn them on. I have tried replacing the turn signal relay with a square and a round one, both of which technically fit the 77 wing and no result, turn signals both stay on.

Any ideas of what it could be?


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Re: 1977 GL1000 - Turn signals don't blink, stay on

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Sat May 23, 2015 4:54 am

The signals need to have a good ground. I would check the ground side or return path to make sure it has good contact.
Follow the path of the ground from the bulb and trace backwards in the wiring - cleaning each connection and connector as you go. You will probably find one or more that need to be cleaned up, then all of a sudden your blinkers will "blink". :)

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Re: 1977 GL1000 - Turn signals don't blink, stay on

Post by spiralout » Sun May 24, 2015 8:48 am

I don't know if this applies in your case, but I found on my 1100 that if I had any of the signals disconnected (for maintenance, etc) they stayed on and wouldn't blink.

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Re: 1977 GL1000 - Turn signals don't blink, stay on

Post by WingAdmin » Tue May 26, 2015 11:11 am

Normally this is caused in a mechanical flasher when not enough current is being drawn. By any chance, did you replace your turn signals with LEDs?

You can try replacing your flasher with an electronic flasher, which will flash regardless of the current being drawn. That would likely solve the problem.

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Re: 1977 GL1000 - Turn signals don't blink, stay on

Post by Fred Camper » Tue May 26, 2015 8:51 pm

They need around 12 volts to flash. There is voltage drop through the ignition switch and handlebar wires so hook up a volt meter and ensure they are getting 12 volts before you replace stuff. Grounds mater as noted above.

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