Front break lever and lights


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weason
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Front break lever and lights

Post by weason » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:50 am



When activating the front brakes on my 2001 Wing, the break lights come on once, but fail each time after that. Breaks work fine. Any ideas?



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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:04 pm

I guess my question is when they fail to operate with the brake lever will the foot brake activate the light?
I'm just speculating but my 88 brake lights are operated by a relay...the relay is operated by switches..one at the brake handle and foot lever.
If neither operate the light,check the relay.If just one does not work check that switch.

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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by weason » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:07 pm

Yes the lights activate with the foot lever. Going to try cleaning the switch with contact cleaner. Will post if it works.

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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by Steve F » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:10 pm

Don't waste your time cleaning the switch, it won't last or even make a difference. They're relatively cheap at HONDA, believe it or not. And while you're in there, replace the other switch that's for the cruise control system.
Before you disconnect it, take a few photos first so you get the wires back the right way.
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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by MikeB » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:22 pm

Steve F wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:10 pm
Don't waste your time cleaning the switch, it won't last or even make a difference. They're relatively cheap at HONDA, believe it or not. And while you're in there, replace the other switch that's for the cruise control system.
Before you disconnect it, take a few photos first so you get the wires back the right way.
Well put. Exactly what I would recommend as well.
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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by weason » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:25 am

Took it apart last night. Switch is in fact broken. Will replace. Thanks for the suggestions! Where is the cruise switch located?

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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by MikeB » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:39 am

On my 2003, it is all one switch.
SWITCH ASSY., FR. STOP & CRUISE
Honda Part # 35340-MCA-000
Item #1 in the diagram below


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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by Steve F » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:28 pm

Weird. I cuuuda sworn my '03 had 2 individual switches. Oh well.
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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by MikeB » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:53 pm

Steve F wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:28 pm
Weird. I cuuuda sworn my '03 had 2 individual switches. Oh well.
I was pretty sure of it too until I looked up the part.
Maybe a physical examination would render different results but it sure looks like there is just one switch.
Found the switch. Yup, just one for the brake lever.
Sells for $10 at Cyclemax.


The Clutch has two switches:
Cruise


And Start


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Re: Front break lever and lights

Post by mterraci » Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:29 pm

I had a similar problem on my 2007 Goldwing, it was with the front / hand brake (brake lights worked fine with the rear / foot brake).
Only cost 15 bucks to change the switch at the Honda dealer while I was there getting tires.
The mechanic didn't even run a diagnostic, he said "it's always the switch".
Working fine since.



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