Back Running Light not working


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krambike
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Back Running Light not working

Postby krambike » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:16 pm



Hi
I have a 1983 Honda Goldwing Aspencade GL1100. My tail light stopped working. The brake light are fine. I checked the fuse box and the fuse keeps blowing 10amp. The fuse box says it is for Turn Cancel, Tail, and Meterlamp. Does anyone know where to go from here?


Thanks for your help!



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RBGERSON
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Re: Back Running Light not working

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:16 am

Are the other lights working..if so I'd be looking for a short in the wire going to the tail light.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
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CrystalPistol
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Re: Back Running Light not working

Postby CrystalPistol » Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:53 am

krambike wrote:Hi
I have a 1983 Honda Goldwing Aspencade GL1100. My tail light stopped working. The brake light are fine. I checked the fuse box and the fuse keeps blowing 10amp. The fuse box says it is for Turn Cancel, Tail, and Meterlamp. Does anyone know where to go from here?


Thanks for your help!


Have you looked at the bulb up close .... or tried another in it's place?

The bulb has two filaments ... a thinner one for running lights that draws maybe 5-7 watts and a thicker one that will draw 25-27 watts and burn brighter as a brake light. Very common for one to burn out and the other to still work.
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RBGERSON
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Re: Back Running Light not working

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:46 am

Good point..simple first... :lol:
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: Back Running Light not working

Postby CrystalPistol » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:51 am

RBGERSON wrote:Good point..simple first... :lol:

:lol: At some point in time ..... we all have looked past the obvious :P
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Re: Back Running Light not working

Postby krambike » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:54 pm

The fuse keeps blowing. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem. There is 2 bulbs. Brake light works but running light does not. Perhaps it is in the signal canceling switch, or the meter light.

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Re: Back Running Light not working

Postby tylers883 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:14 am

Is the fuse blowing immediately, or does it take a seemingly random amount of time?

If it is blowing immediately, then congratulations, you have a steady state problem that will be easier to isolate. But before we talk about this one, lets talk about the random problem.

A fuse that seemingly blows on a random basis can be tricky or simple to troubleshoot. Often it is a loose or pinched wire that only shorts when you hit a bump. The pain about a pinched wire is you will have to start performing visual inspections under things like your seat. follow the cables from one location to another. Check common wear locations like near your signal lights, racks, behind your instrumentation cluster, etc. Is something not working prior to the fuse blowing? This might give you an indication where to look first, eg. if your left front signal light isn't working, the wire may be severed and flopping around( and you probably aren't blowing fuses unless you signal left)

The steady state problem is easier to isolate because you will know exactly when you have found the problem. Set your multimeter to measure ohms, then measure your short at the fuse box. It should measure close to 0 OHms.Perform the same search and inspection as above, but this time when you find the problem, you will know with certainty because the fuse box will no longer be shorted to ground.

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Re: Back Running Light not working

Postby krambike » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:23 am

Thanks for your response. It appears to be a cancel signal box located by the regulator. Once I unplugged it, the fuse stopped blowing. I now have to cancel my own signals until i can find another one. Oh, technology in 1983.

Thanks!




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