GHOST ELECTRICAL PROBLEM


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nanaimowinger
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GHOST ELECTRICAL PROBLEM

Postby nanaimowinger » Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:45 am



After the bike got wet by trailering it,the odometer readout and audio display stay on with no key in the ignition,it also includes the fiber optic lights in the handle bar and radio control lights.whats in volved in checking the ignition switch connention?is there a video out there?



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virgilmobile
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Re: GHOST ELECTRICAL PROBLEM

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:25 pm

I'm not aware of a video and I probably wouldn't start there anyways.
My first look would be at the relays.one maybe stuck.give them a light tap or pull them out.One by one.Especially any one that says " tail/main".
One thing overlooked is the alternator.There is a switched ignition wire feeding it.Should the internal regulator be bad,power can back feed from the alternator main wire back into the ignition line.Seen this just once.
A disconnect of the small wire on the alternator is a quick check.It should have volts only with the key on.
The ignition switch is buried pretty deep in the bike.I have doubts that a good drench would reach it.

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Re: GHOST ELECTRICAL PROBLEM

Postby nanaimowinger » Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:57 pm

Hi,i wiggled the fuses and that solved the display on problem,thanks

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Re: GHOST ELECTRICAL PROBLEM

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:06 pm

I'm glad it's working....
However..a bad connection on a fuse would not cause this..You had volts where it wasn't suppose to be...A bad connection at a fuse would lead to a lack of volts....
Sense you solved or fixed it by wiggling the fuses,I suspect you actually got a relay nearby to release...Keep a spare on hand should it happen again...

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Re: GHOST ELECTRICAL PROBLEM

Postby nanaimowinger » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:18 pm

Yes,but since the bike got very wet,that would explain how one fuse was getting power to another,with moisture.This happened before when trailering the bike in rain,and it went away on its own after it dried.

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Re: GHOST ELECTRICAL PROBLEM

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:15 pm

Sorry to disagree.water alone won't conduct enough electric between fuses to light that thing up.
There's more involved.Either a copious amount of corrosion or a water logged relay.




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