No brake lights

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No brake lights

Post by edgus347 » Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:31 pm

I have a used 1992 GL1500 and I have no brake lights and the turn signals are on dim on the gage panel and all 4 turn signal lights are on dim. I bought this bike used a while ago but it's been too hot in my shop to work on it. Has someone else run across this problem? Also it's a trike.

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Re: No brake lights

Post by dingdong » Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:55 am

You more than likely have a bad ground (green wires). I had the same symptoms and it was a burned pin in the large connector, left side, under the seat but could be anywhere. There are "multiple" ground points throughout the wiring harness.

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Re: No brake lights

Post by Charlie1Horse » Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:43 pm

I'd start with checking any plug under the seat and the trunk that has anything to do with the original trike conversion. Unplug and check for corrosion, clean, and add dielectric grease to any plug you disconnect. Also check for terminals that have 'backed out', or 'pushed out' of the plugs.

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Re: No brake lights

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:39 am

I agree on the bad ground diagnosis, what you're describing are classic symptoms of a bad ground on the taillights. As mentioned, you're looking for a connector with green wires that is bad, or a broken/cut ground wire.

Being a trike, we can't really say what to look for on the conversion part, but I would start at the lights and work forward to where they tie into the original wiring.

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