Warning light for tail light stays on


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Warning light for tail light stays on

Postby Redwinger8 » Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:30 pm



Warning light on Dash for tail light stays on since replacing the 4 brake lights 1157 with LED 1157 ( see below)has any one ells run into this?


http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Pilot-Brake-Light-Mini-Bulb/_/N-9cjcq?itemIdentifier=301736_0_0_

86 GL1200 interstate



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Re: Warning light for tail light stays on

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:57 am

That's normal. It expects the bulbs to draw a certain amount of current. If it doesn't see that current being drawn, it assumes that the bulb has burned out, and illuminates the warning light on the dash.

LED bulbs draw very little current, much less than a standard incandescent bulb, so the bike thinks it is burned out.

You can either put a resistor across the bulb to make it draw more current (which kind of negates the benefits of having the LED), or remove the warning light from the dash.

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Re: Warning light for tail light stays on

Postby Redwinger8 » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:30 am

That's what I was thinking we'll I guess it's time to take the dashboard apart :roll: UGH thanks for the reply


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