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running light problems

Postby smac81wingstandard » Sun May 05, 2013 4:27 pm



I have a gl1100 standard that has no running lights. The tac and speedo don't light up either. I replaced the fuses and checked the tail light bulbs. Both looked fine. The head light and turnsignals work fine. Can anyone help me out? smac81standard



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Re: running light problems

Postby WingAdmin » Sun May 05, 2013 9:15 pm

smac81wingstandard wrote:I have a gl1100 standard that has no running lights. The tac and speedo don't light up either. I replaced the fuses and checked the tail light bulbs. Both looked fine. The head light and turnsignals work fine. Can anyone help me out? smac81standard


Does your tail running light work?

If you switch the ignition to "P", do the taillights come on?

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Re: running light problems

Postby smac81wingstandard » Mon May 06, 2013 6:44 am

tail light running lights don't come on. when put into "p" tail light comes on? What's up?

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Re: running light problems

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 06, 2013 9:33 pm

smac81wingstandard wrote:tail light running lights don't come on. when put into "p" tail light comes on? What's up?


The "P" position uses a different fuse to power things. So that tells us that the wiring to the lights (at least the taillights) is OK.

You say your turn signals work. On the front, are they on all the time, and then when you turn the turn signal on, that light flashes on and off? Or do they stay off, and just the one that is selected flashes?

If it's the second option, I am leaning towards a problem with your ignition switch. Either that, or you still have a bad fuse. The fuse for the lights that aren't working is the 10A fuse second from the bottom. Turn the bike on, and put a voltmeter ACROSS the terminals of that fuse. You should see zero volts, or very close to it. If you see voltage there, the fuse is bad.




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