Electrical Short


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Electrical Short

Postby 1983GoldWing » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:53 pm



1983 GL 1100 interstate.

My 15 amp fuse that lights up turn signals etc keeps blowing. Right now all my signal lights are unhooked and every time I flick the switch the fuse blows. Also I have unhooked the turn signal relay unit (Flasher) and tested it. the flasher works OK. When the flasher unit is unhooked and I turn on the turn signal switch, the fuse does not blow.

Does this mean there is a short on one of the turn signal wires from the flasher unit to the rear of the bike. Would an OHM test find this short.



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Re: Electrical Short

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:48 pm

1983GoldWing wrote:1983 GL 1100 interstate.

My 15 amp fuse that lights up turn signals etc keeps blowing. Right now all my signal lights are unhooked and every time I flick the switch the fuse blows. Also I have unhooked the turn signal relay unit (Flasher) and tested it. the flasher works OK. When the flasher unit is unhooked and I turn on the turn signal switch, the fuse does not blow.

Does this mean there is a short on one of the turn signal wires from the flasher unit to the rear of the bike. Would an OHM test find this short.


More than likely, and yes. With the bulbs out, measure the resistance from the flasher unit to ground - it should be infinite resistance (open circuit). Obviously it's not, if it's blowing fuses. Your job will be to track down where in between the flasher and one of the bulbs it is shorting out. Does it blow regardless if it's left or right signal that you select? If so, then good news - that means the short is very likely going to be in the grey wire that runs from the flasher to the turn switch on your handlebars.

You might also want to check the switch itself.

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Re: Electrical Short

Postby 1983GoldWing » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:53 pm

Thank you Wing Admin.. Yes it blows regardless of left or right. I will test the switch wire and the handlebar switch as you suggest.

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Re: Electrical Short

Postby OldSchool_IsCool » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:04 pm

You can save a few $$ in wasted fuses by replacing your fuse with a 12v light bulb while you search for the short. The bulb will burn bright when the short is active. It will be out (or at least dim) otherwise. Once the short is fixed, replace the bulb with fuse as normal.

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