Brake light problems on 2001 1800

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Brake light problems on 2001 1800

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This is an intermittent problem I've had for a long time. Sometimes my brakelights (triggered from front brake lever) do not work...sometimes they do. The foot brake does work all the time. It's driving me nuts! I recently had it looked at and the mechanic thought all it needed was a cleaning with some spray. It worked for a while but is back to non functional again. With the bike turned off, I can hear an audible click when I squeeze the front brake lever if that's any help in diagnosing this issue. A few years ago when this problem first cropped up, my dealer replaced the relay but apparently that's not the remedy either. Help? Thanks

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Re: Brake light problems on 2001 1800

Post by Bamaeagle »

Sounds like it is either in the wiring or the switch to the front brake lever. I would make sure the wires were making good contact and then if the problem persists I would take the switch apart to try to fix or replace the whole switch.

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Re: Brake light problems on 2001 1800

Post by WingAdmin »

The front brake switch can be had brand new from Cyclemax's OEM page for $8.85. That's a cheap replacement part that will either fix the problem or rule it out as the source of the problem. For $8, I wouldn't even bother taking the time and effort trying to take apart and rehabilitate the old switch.
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