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kkevman
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head light

Postby kkevman » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:10 pm



I am having an issue with my headlamp. The bulb is new, the fuse is good there is power to the socket, but bulb won't light. Any ideas?



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Re: head light

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:37 pm

Well something's not right then. Does it light up on high beam or low beam?

Have you checked the continuity of the bulb filaments, just to make sure it is good?

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Re: head light

Postby kkevman » Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:55 pm

Bulb is brand new, assumed it was the bulb. fuses are good. have been doing some research am thinking it may be the hi/low beam switch because the high beam dash light is out too. Can't find switches on line. about to go to the dealer

kkevman
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Re: head light

Postby kkevman » Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:53 pm

oem parts not available, discontinued. now what?

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Re: head light

Postby trike lady » Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:41 pm

You may have to contact a salvage yard or maybe a member here is parting out a bike.
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Re: head light

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:24 am

But didn't you say you had power at the headlight bulb socket? If so, that would rule out the high/low beam switch.

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Re: head light

Postby Damgaard » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:02 am

WingAdmin you are right. If you can meassure 12V at the bulb socket, the only fault can be the bulb. Remember to meassure ground and positive in the socket contacts, to ensure proper ground in the connector.

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Re: head light

Postby Ace1Hunter » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:47 pm

It is possible that the starter switch is stuck in between when the headlight is on and just be for you to hit the ignition first start. It sounds very similar to the problem I have in my motorcycle wine would not start but and the headlight was off I looked in the D I Y section of the stomatic for my motorcycle and I have did multiple tests and found the starter button has two circuits in there one for the headlight and one to start the motorcycle. If the starter connection is not fully out the headlight will not come on to complete the circuit or in my case is burned and melted and stuck in the middle where it would not move for the headlight beyond and I couldn't push it in to start the vehicle with multiple testing just breaking down this switch found that it was melted because it got stuck. Only way to verify is to pull the start switch and inspect or bypass the circuit the two circuits one for the headlight and one for the start very simple the two connections are right next to each other the current you jump across if you'll get it to start oror get the headline on.




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