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Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:33 am



My turn signals on my 1990 gl1500 se have stopped working. The hazard lights work perfectly but for some reason the turn signals don't and the dashboard indicators aren't working either. Can someone please help me figure this out?



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Re: Turn signals

Postby dingdong » Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:47 am

Number 1 relay (in relay box) and number 2 fuse control the turn signals as well as the horn. If no horn then it is that relay or fuse. You can swap relays to test.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:00 am

dingdong wrote:Number 1 relay (in relay box) and number 2 fuse control the turn signals as well as the horn. If no horn then it is that relay or fuse. You can swap relays to test.

The horn works. Could it still be the relay?

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Re: Turn signals

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:57 pm

If the horn works, then the relay is fine.

It's possible the turn signal flasher has failed. The hazard lights use a separate flasher than the turn signals.

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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:08 pm

WingAdmin wrote:If the horn works, then the relay is fine.

It's possible the turn signal flasher has failed. The hazard lights use a separate flasher than the turn signals.

Where is the turn signal flasher ?

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Re: Turn signals

Postby Fiberthree » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:48 pm

:roll: It's under the trunk! You don't have to completely remove the trunk to get to them but it isn't any fun. Once you take all four screws out you can prop it up on some wood. Swap the two and see if the problem follows the flasher.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:16 am

Fiberthree wrote::roll: It's under the trunk! You don't have to completely remove the trunk to get to them but it isn't any fun. Once you take all four screws out you can prop it up on some wood. Swap the two and see if the problem follows the flasher.

Do I have to completely remove the trunk lid to remove the trunk?

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Re: Turn signals

Postby FM-USA » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:33 am

To just lift the trunk, no.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:37 am

FM-USA wrote:To just lift the trunk, no.

Thank you...I will get on it this weekend...hopefully that will fix my blinkers

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Re: Turn signals

Postby FM-USA » Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:46 am

*IF* I remember, some extend the wires so that blinker can mount under the seat, much easier to get to.
Again, IF you do, be sure to mount it so the whole trunk system still raises when changing the rear tire.

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Electrical connections can be in baggies and twist tied with opening facing down.
This can also help in future diagnosis. The baggie will partly melt if the connections get too hot.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:27 pm

RobbieDot wrote:
FM-USA wrote:To just lift the trunk, no.

Thank you...I will get on it this weekend...hopefully that will fix my blinkers

Well, I got the trunk off and checked the flashers....both are working. Any idea of what else it could be?

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Re: Turn signals

Postby FM-USA » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:56 pm

Ohm test the bulbs?
Last week 3 of us went through a friends wiring only to find out the bulb was out. Us 2 thought he did that first and never questioned him.

Ground wire? Check by jumping at the last bulb connection backwards. Basically reverse checking what you checked forward.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:01 pm

FM-USA wrote:Ohm test the bulbs?
Last week 3 of us went through a friends wiring only to find out the bulb was out. Us 2 thought he did that first and never questioned him.

Ground wire? Check by jumping at the last bulb connection backwards. Basically reverse checking what you checked forward.

Lol...that may be above my skill level. If the bulbs all work for the hazards, wouldn't they work for the turn signals? All the bulbs are working for the hazards and the dash indicators are working for the hazards, just nothing working for the turn signals.

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Re: Turn signals

Postby DarthJ » Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:54 pm

Could be the switch, then. Take it apart (if you feel comfortable doing so) and look to see if the contacts are ok.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:44 pm

DarthJ wrote:Could be the switch, then. Take it apart (if you feel comfortable doing so) and look to see if the contacts are ok.

Where are the screws to take the switch apart?

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Re: Turn signals

Postby FM-USA » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:01 pm

under the left handle bar, tucked up inside

My bad habit is to skim read, I miss some pertinent info, like your flashers work but not turn signals.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:02 pm

FM-USA wrote:under the left handle bar, tucked up inside

Will parts fall out all over the place when I undo the screw?

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Re: Turn signals

Postby Fiberthree » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:38 pm

They shouldn't. It is just like a clam shell. The hazard switch is held in by a little bar that clamps it down. The turn signal switch should also have some sort of containment system. You could turn your handlebars all the way to the left and suspend a clean rag under the pod to act like a diaper to catch stuff before you take it apart. In case something did let go inside.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:41 pm

Fiberthree wrote:They shouldn't. It is just like a clam shell. The hazard switch is held in by a little bar that clamps it down. The turn signal switch should also have some sort of containment system. You could turn your handlebars all the way to the left and suspend a clean rag under the pod to act like a diaper to catch stuff before you take it apart. In case something did let go inside.

Ok, I will give it a shot.

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Re: Turn signals

Postby FM-USA » Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:47 pm

WOOPS, I dozed off.

Taking something small apart I'll use old white T-Shirt.
Slip the big end over what I'm working on look through the neck and use tools through the arm holes.
Not even a loaded spring will go very far.
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Re: Turn signals

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:15 am

There are three screws on the bottom to remove:

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Once they are removed, the top half will come free of the bottom half:

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Re: Turn signals

Postby RobbieDot » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:27 am

WingAdmin wrote:There are three screws on the bottom to remove:

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Once they are removed, the top half will come free of the bottom half:

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Thank you

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Re: Turn signals

Postby darryldevaney » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:41 am

When I first got my 96 Aspencade 2 1/2 years ago my turn signals were intermittent at best. The first thing I tried was to spray a heavy dose of contact cleaner into the switch housing and worked the switch back and forth, then sprayed it again. 2 days later my signals were working and haven't failed since.


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