No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.


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genhob
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No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.

Post by genhob » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:31 pm



1978 GL1000

I was fixing a loose wire on a taillight in the rear box and the running lights went out. Thought I blew a fuse, but they are look good. Running lights will work when key is in ACC but not when in ON position.

Checked voltage on running light fuse. No juice when key is in ON position, but 12 volts when in ACCC position.

Did I short something out in the key switch?



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Fred Camper
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Re: No running rear light; but brake light works; All works with key in ACC position.

Post by Fred Camper » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:22 am

the Key witch gets old and sometimes looses contact. You can take it appart and clean them, or Emco makes a replacement. My bet is that is the issue. It really have too much current running through it. Several of us use an ignition relay to avoid high current through that switch.

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