84 gl1200 interstate turn signals

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84 gl1200 interstate turn signals

Post by realetybytes »

Anyone have a hint of just what it is that has to warm up for 15 to 20 minutes before the signals work? It's not the relay, tried 3, all same results. Flasher works, I think it's a different relay.

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Post by wongsol »

I'm thinking you should trace shorts in the socket (clean and grease with lithium) and then look in the handlebar controls. I just cleaned out the toggle switch with some brake clean and then lubed it up with dielectric grease and the signals work better than ever.

Not sure of how to explain the 15 minute warm up but it sounds like the shaking of the bike loosens up some corrosion and then you have connection.

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Re: 84 gl1200 interstate turn signals

Post by WingAdmin »

Often it's a cracked contact or wire. When it heats up, it expands enough to close up the tiny crack, completing the circuit. When it cools, it contracts, opening up the crack again.

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