Brake light won't turn off.


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alastair.kj
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Brake light won't turn off.

Postby alastair.kj » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:58 am



Good morning,

So a small dilemma here:
I turned the bike on this morning to ride to work and noticed that my brake light turned on when the key was in the on position, without the brakes being applied and stays on (won't turn off).
I haven't done anything to the wiring back there. All I did yesterday was unbolt the whole assembly (leaving all wires connected) to reinstall my saddlebag hardware and then bolted the lights back on.
Again, didn't touch the wiring and everything was working fine before.
Anyone know what might be the problem?

Thanks for any help/advice.

Cheers,
Al



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Re: Brake light won't turn off.

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:07 pm

The brake lights are operated from 2 switches...One at the hand brake lever and the other from the foot lever...The foot lever switch has a spring attached to it and is adjustable....That's my first spot to look....Either switch can be unhooked to see if it's the culprit...

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Re: Brake light won't turn off.

Postby alastair.kj » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:43 pm

Thanks, I'll take a look!

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Re: Brake light won't turn off.

Postby 82aspen » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:13 pm

my bet is something or other during the described disassembly reassembly has caused the problem and basic electrical troubleshooting will be involved

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Re: Brake light won't turn off.

Postby alastair.kj » Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:15 pm

Got it fixed. Turned out it was a silly mistake of my own. I had tightened the lever/spring switch for the rear brake too far and it was holding the switch engaged. I thought that this would tighten the action on my pedal. This is how I learn things haha.

Thanks for the help.




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