Neutral Light.... again.

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Neutral Light.... again.

Postby tallman21 » Tue May 10, 2011 10:41 pm

I know this has been covered a thousand times but when i was searching and reading the posts no one had the same issue i am.

Basically my light stays on sometimes. the other day it worked like normal the whole day. Only came on when i was in neutral. now it is on all of the time.

If it has worked for a whole day i dont think it is my switch but maybe a short?

Any ideas?

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Re: Neutral Light.... again.

Postby RBGERSON » Wed May 11, 2011 9:34 am

Most often it a build up of crap on the switch in the engine. Sometimes drain a quart of oil putting in some MMO or other solvent running it for 50 miles or so and draining it removes the slug and the light works as it should...or pull the switch clean and replace or replace with anew one..


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Re: Neutral Light.... again.

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 11, 2011 11:28 am

It can also be caused by the wire going to the neutral switch rubbing against something and shorting out to ground. If it gets shorted to ground (i.e. the engine or frame) the neutral light will stay on.

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Re: Neutral Light.... again.

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 12, 2011 4:21 pm

On the early gl1100 the neutral switch is bolted into the lower right side of the block,right behind the frame.It takes some loosening of the motor mount to get it out to clean it.The later gl1100 has the switch buried in the front cover.early models suffered from contaminated contacts AND/OR chaffed wiring.It could be either.Turn the key on in 1st gear,wiggle the the wire to test it.

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