Dash Lights Quit Working


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Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:47 pm



Hi, I just purchased a 1999 GL1500 SE and my dash lights quit working. I would appreciate help in checking this out. Thanks. All other lights are working fine.



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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:49 pm

Has anyone had the instrument panel apart for any reason? One of the plugs on the back could be the problem.
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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:05 pm

Not to my knowledge. If I remember right they were working at first but quit on me later for no real reason. Thanks.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:13 pm

By dash lights, do you mean all instrument lights went out? Do the illumination lights for the panel still work? Or is it the lights that normally come on before you start, as in testing the light bulbs? Hard to figure out unless the plugs are not tight.
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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:18 pm

The side stand, oil, reverse and neutral lights all light up fine. The speedometer and tachometer seem to have the numbers backlit but the panel seems to be in the dark. Hope that helps.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:27 pm

Do the turn signal indicators work like they should? Kinda looking like a bad ground, but if the back lightins for the Tach and speedo are working, what other lights are you looking for? LCD powered?
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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:32 pm

Good question :-). I guess I am expecting the instrument panel to be generally lighted as well as backlit. Is that too much to expect :-). Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:34 pm

The turn signals function normally.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:40 pm

When it is dark, or in the garage, take a look at it then. I don't see as there is a real problem. Enjoy riding. :)
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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:51 pm

Thanks, I'll keep my eye on it and see if there a real problem or not. I just thought the whole instrument panel looked dark to me. Stay safe.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby redial » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:07 am

It could be that there are some bulbs burnt black (they get hot), or burnt out. If you have to replace them, consider LED replacements. There is a "How To" in here somewhere.
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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:40 pm

Yeah, Redial. I thought of that. I will definitely consider doing the LED conversion. I notice that the lights are indeed working. Checking in the panel in total darkness confirms that. I did consult my "Wing Guy" in Cleveland and he said that that was a common complaint for the 1998 and 1999 models with the white faces on the instrument panel. Thanks again everyone for your concern and comments. Ride safe.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:33 pm

If you convert to LED lighting,do not convert the low fuel lamp.It will not operate properly indicating low fuel.The circuit is designed for a incandescent light only.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby revtmuller1 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:37 pm

Thanks for that Virgilmobile. I really appreciate everyone's thoughtfulness and knowledge on this site.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:23 pm

virgilmobile wrote:If you convert to LED lighting,do not convert the low fuel lamp.It will not operate properly indicating low fuel.The circuit is designed for a incandescent light only.


Both the cruise lights (on and set) will also malfunction (stay on all the time) if they are converted directly to LED. They need load resistors added. This is detailed at the bottom of the How to replace your dash lights with LEDs article.

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Re: Dash Lights Quit Working

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:47 pm

Thanks for the reminder.
I certainly don't remember every detail of every job.Thats why we depend on the massed knowledge from all the members.




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