Neutral light will not turn off except in reverse.


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Gsquared
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Neutral light will not turn off except in reverse.

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I got my 99 Wing out of storage this spring and the neutral light will not shut off except in reverse when the reverse light turns on.
The bike knows it is in neutral because it will not let me crank it to start. When I go to 5th gear the OD light comes on. We checked the neutral switch and it goes to ground when in neutral and loses ground when in gear as it should. Its weird driving on the highway with both the OD and neutral lights on.
I suspect a short in the harness somewhere but have used the schematic extensively and cannot seem to locate the issue.



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Re: Neutral light will not turn off except in reverse.

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Gsquared wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 3:48 pm
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The bike knows it is in neutral because it will "NOT" let me crank it to start.
Is that a typo? Will it try to start in gear without pulling the clutch? That would tell you which side of the reverse diode assembly the short is on.

Gsquared
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Re: Neutral light will not turn off except in reverse.

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I should have written that it will not let me crank it while it is in gear. Thats why I say the neutral safety switch is working correctly. If I put the kickstand down while it is in gear it will kill the engine also. Yet the neutral light is on.

Gsquared
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Re: Neutral light will not turn off except in reverse.

Post by Gsquared »

So, my son and I have a lot of electrical and electronic experience so we took the bike apart and checked all the wires from end to end. We could not find any problems with the wires so we checked the diode set and we pulled the cover off of the reverse control module and everything looked fine there also.
So scratching our heads we put it to bed last night and then rechecked everything this morning again. Still nothing to report. I figured I'll just ignore it and drive on so we put all the wiring back together and tested it and it is working fine! ?? What the hay!
Well it works now so what can I say! Must be magic.
Now I just have to put the bike back together again and ride!



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