brake light inop


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brake light inop

Postby 81wingfountainCO » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:31 pm



    81 gl11001, bought it last year. It has been a perfect fit and i wouldn't trade it for the world. However, just last week i almost got ran over when my brake lights stopped working during a ride. I checked the fuses, brake light switches and the light bulbs. I'm running out of options. Has anyone else run into the same? If so, please help. I'm trying to go on a ride with my soldiers in a week to show them some of colorado's great routes.

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Re: brake light inop

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:42 pm

I'd check the wires under the seat,, I can't remember but it's a green and yellow I think for the stop light you may have to look that up and trace it to the connectors plug, check the plug for burnt or dirtiness several wire go to that plug, clean it up well ... there's a electrical schematic here to help trace your wire...that's all I can think of.. I would test the wires with a test light or multimeter to see if they are getting electricity or not first before and after that plug I mentioned,, good luck If you are getting juice it might be in the housing of the light bulb, dirty maybe.. alcohol and q tips..http://goldwingdocs.com/Docs/Honda%20Go ... -6830B.jpg click on it to enlarge it..

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Re: brake light inop

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:46 pm

Hey Chris,, I'm not an electrical dude,, :shock: Blew myself up three times... :lol: Seriously I can't count how many fuses I have blown screwing around with stuff while the negative side of the battery is still hooked up :shock: :lol: there are some really good electrical fellas around here though...

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Re: brake light inop

Postby 81wingfountainCO » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:34 am

Thank you littlebeaver. I will remove the seat and shoot those wires. So far i now have about ten wires to shoot since my clarion type 1 radio is now not playing loud. :( this bike is testing me, but if it gets to bad I'm just going to have to redo the wiring for both the brake light and the radio. Thank you for your help. I will repost after checking those wires

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Re: brake light inop

Postby dingdong » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:42 am

Those symptoms usually point to a bad ground somewhere in the circuit. Grounds are solid green. Check all connectors for corroded, loose or burned pins.
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Re: brake light inop

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:49 am

there are also 4 wires behind the rear tail light housing, 2 brown, and 2 green which are linked together to the wires under the seat, I would check behind the tail light housing to make sure none of them came loose. that's where mine disconnected from when I removed my bumper/light bar, and it was a nightmare putting them back on again. I had to use a long nose needle nose pliers to grab the ends and slip them back onto the tail light housing blades.

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Re: brake light inop

Postby 81wingfountainCO » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:34 am

Thanks stuart. I will be sure to check those too.... of course, once i do fix the problem i believe that it might be best for me to replace as much worrying as i can so this doesn't happen again.

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Re: brake light inop

Postby 81wingfountainCO » Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:35 am

Wiring not worrying.

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Re: brake light inop

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:15 am

those little wire have female push on ends, its possible that they have widened a bit to make them loose and slide off. if you can get to them, take a pair of pliers and try to close them up just a bit before you put them back onto the male side of the connectors behind the tail light assembly. that should make them hard to come off once they are connected.

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Re: brake light inop

Postby squirrel » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:17 pm

Not sure if this helps but there is a rear brake light ajuster with a spring just behind the rear brake pedal its black plastic with a screw/nut to lengthen/shorten the spring

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Re: brake light inop

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:26 pm

squirrel wrote:Not sure if this helps but there is a rear brake light ajuster with a spring just behind the rear brake pedal its black plastic with a screw/nut to lengthen/shorten the spring


that would certainly be worth checking also. are the tail lights themselves working or are all the lights out?

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