both brake light switches at once?


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both brake light switches at once?

Postby diversity48 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:51 pm



i suppose it's possible, just seems a bit odd. i have the bike apart and just checking things over to discover i have no brake lights! no idea how long this little safety issue has been happening, but lucky for me it hasn't caused an accident...or gotten me killed. anyway, i did the "jump wire" test between the two wires at the switch and lo and behold...the brake lights light up when jumping the front and the rear switches. is there something else i'm missing here, or does that mean both switches are bad (corroded, worn out, etc)?? just seems a little strange. have tried cleaning the contacts, dielectric grease, etc but still no brake lights from just the switches...no brake lights 'til i jump the wires...then they come on immediately. what do ya think...should i order the switches from parts n more or is there something else i should be checking? at least they're cheap.



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Re: both brake light switches at once?

Postby thrasherg » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:30 pm

You are not missing anything. If jumping the wires at either switch makes the brake light come on, then the switch is not operating and needs to be replaced.. They are exposed to the elements and do go bad after a few years..

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Re: both brake light switches at once?

Postby tedmass » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:47 am

Its probable that one switch was bad and you didd'nt notice it, than the other went south .. Happens
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Re: both brake light switches at once?

Postby dingdong » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:21 am

Glad you found out there was a problem. This is a perfect example of the necessity to perform a pre-ride inspection. At a minimum, lights and tires. Your life depends on it.
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Re: both brake light switches at once?

Postby scotterichmond » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:12 pm

A sure fire way to diagnios the switch is to disconnect the wires at the switch and touch them together, that's all the switch doesanyway. If the light comes on the switch is bad. make sure the key is on and you would expect the brake light to come on .

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Re: both brake light switches at once?

Postby Aspencade1982 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:44 am

Hi fellow wingers
I had the same problem when a taillight wire shorted out. It burned both switches but was my fault because I jumped the fuses to get lights going until I got home. Anyway ebay has the switches about $10 a piece buy new ones though don't waste money on a used switch.Happy Motoring

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Re: both brake light switches at once?

Postby patbrandon1 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:15 pm

dingdong wrote:Glad you found out there was a problem. This is a perfect example of the necessity to perform a pre-ride inspection. At a minimum, lights and tires. Your life depends on it.


I check the lights and tires before EVERY ride. This takes about one minute. Your life, and maybe your passengers life, do depend on it. Your switches have been malfunctioning for a while if they both don't work. And if the lights work with the jumper wire, the switch is faulty. Please don't take this as a lecture, I'm just a concerned Winger that likes other Wingers alive.

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Re: both brake light switches at once?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:56 am

And don't think "I keep my bike in good shape, I know the brake lights are working fine."

I keep my bikes in perfect shape, I won't accept anything less. I was amazed to discover on my pre-ride check one day that my rear brake no longer lit up my brake lights.

So do that check!




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