Turn signal flasher


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Turn signal flasher

Postby Johnf1059 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:05 pm



Just got a 94 Goldwing interstate. The left turn signal takes approx 10-20 seconds to start flashing. Usually after you have already started the turn. I'm guessing the flasher needs replaced. I have no idea where it would be located. And I assume there is a separate flasher for each side. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!!


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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:21 pm

Johnf1059 wrote:Just got a 94 Goldwing interstate. The left turn signal takes approx 10-20 seconds to start flashing. Usually after you have already started the turn. I'm guessing the flasher needs replaced. I have no idea where it would be located. And I assume there is a separate flasher for each side. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!!


You won't like this, but there are two (one for turn signals, one for hazards), and they are both located underneath the trunk, requiring its removal to access. Have a look here:

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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:28 pm

There is only one flasher, it works all the turn signals. You will find it located under the top cover where the gas tank would be on smaller bikes. I would recommend a manual so that you can find which relay/flashing unit it is. There are several and the look the same or similar and do different things.
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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby Johnf1059 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:37 pm

Ok, just wondering if there's only 1 flasher why would the right flasher come on immediately and the left hesitate? Any ideas? Would it be in the switch? Thanks.
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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby CMReynolds1 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:45 pm

The flasher is not working correctly. Without getting into electronics and heat and such, suffice it to say, the flasher unit is bad. Sorry can't give you any better of a short answer.
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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:48 pm

CMReynolds1 wrote:There is only one flasher, it works all the turn signals. You will find it located under the top cover where the gas tank would be on smaller bikes. I would recommend a manual so that you can find which relay/flashing unit it is. There are several and the look the same or similar and do different things.


No, it is not. On the GL1000, GL1100 and GL1200 this is where it is located. On the GL1500, it is underneath the trunk.

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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:50 pm

Johnf1059 wrote:Ok, just wondering if there's only 1 flasher why would the right flasher come on immediately and the left hesitate? Any ideas? Would it be in the switch? Thanks.


This is vital information. If one side is working fine and the other is not, then the flasher is not to blame.

The left side has resistance in the flasher circuit somewhere. Try cleaning the turn signal switch contacts, check bulbs and clean bulb sockets.

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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby ct1500 » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:03 pm

Just the one flasher for left and right. Do the 4 way hazard lights work correctly?

As the bike is new to you check bulbs to make sure LED was not substituted for incandescent on the left side.

Most likely the problem is in the switch though.
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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby newday777 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:30 am

Johnf1059 wrote:Ok, just wondering if there's only 1 flasher why would the right flasher come on immediately and the left hesitate? Any ideas? Would it be in the switch? Thanks.


Yes a dirty switch contact can cause this.
Sometimes spraying electrical contact cleaner in the switch and working the switches multiple times helps.

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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby Johnf1059 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:57 am

When I get time tonight I'll try the hazard and see it it works ok. Thank for all the replies guys. Lots of help!!
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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby Johnf1059 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:21 pm

Ok the hazards work fine. So I guess I'll take the turn signal switch apart and clean the contacts. Thanks guys!
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Re: Turn signal flasher

Postby Johnf1059 » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:34 pm

Ok I cleaned the switch contacts with contact cleaner and it did the trick. Thanks for all the replies!!!


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