Lighting system issues


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Ficke82i
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Lighting system issues

Post by Ficke82i » Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:44 pm



Hey guys Im new to this forum and and about a month ago I got my first bike it's a 82 gl1100i, its not a standard, when I got it the rear right blinker didn't work but it was still on for running lights and the right tail light don't come on at all and the other don't light up when I put on the breaks and now none of my running lights on the back work besides the left tail light and none of the blinkers work I looked at the fuses ant what was supposed to be a 15a fuse was a 30a and it was blown the metal inside it was just melted in 2 and the 10a fuse (second from the bottom) was blown it looked like it just exploded the paper under it was burned an the fuse was shattered I changed out the 10a and got some 15 a fuses an hadn't put it in yet I should mention the guy I bought it from had put extra lights on the back and front and none of my lights are led and all the bulbs are good also the neutral indicator light don't light up I have very basic tools I have a test light I don't have a multimeter or know how to use one I'm sure that Putin the fuses in will bring it back to the running lights on n get it back to the way it was when I got it that's my situation my question to yall is what could cause the fuses to blow the way they did and what could be the problem for the break lights and rr blinker and tail light I know practically nothing about electrical I know it must be drawing to much ampage but why



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Re: Lighting system issues

Post by bluthundr31 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:01 pm

Sounds like a short. one of the "power" wires is going to a "ground" which is causing the problem.

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Re: Lighting system issues

Post by Ficke82i » Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:26 pm

bluthundr31 wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:01 pm
Sounds like a short. one of the "power" wires is going to a "ground" which is causing the problem.

How could I locate a short could I use my test light for it or would I need to get a multimeter and someone who knows how to use one

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Re: Lighting system issues

Post by gipsy42 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:30 pm

Hi Ficke:
Here is what I use for general electrical check up


It's very easy to use, insert the fake fuse (which I made of spade terminals and copper rod) and clip the aligators to terminals, if there is a short the lamp will glow (instead of blowing a fuse), from there start tracking circuits and/or wires/. I wouldn't recomend you using a multimeter unless you know it real well, it may be confusing.
This other jig I carry in the bike all the time, is a full time helper, even some times is used as a auxiliary light



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Re: Lighting system issues

Post by Ficke82i » Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:40 pm

Thanks Mario ill do that

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Re: Lighting system issues

Post by raven41951 » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:58 am

Remember that the bike is 37 years old. Its had a lot of time to get corroded. Also, if the PO added too many lights it could have overloaded a circuit (or circuits) to blow the fuses.

You can also use the aforementioned test lights as a rudimentary ohm meter. Test a fully charged battery and observe how much the light glows then compare that when checking a circuit. If it is dimmer then there could be a bad ground, corroded connection or a loose connection.

I would first check the grounds to make sure they are not rusted/corroded and clean them up then proceed to the connections. After that is done then it gets more serious.

BTW, on my 1500 I replaced most bulbs with LEDs and it greatly reduced the load on the Alternator.

Good Luck!

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Re: Lighting system issues

Post by Ficke82i » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:02 am

Thanks I'm planning on switching it to led one I get a chance



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