brake, signal light not working

Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-2017)
Post Reply
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:26 am
Location: South Shore, KY
Motorcycle: 2044 gl1800 Goldwing

brake, signal light not working

Post by ronjasbro »

we were getting ready to leave on a trip and noticed the brake light wasn't working, hand and foot. withing a few minutes turn signal went out. next horn wouldn't wor. we are checking wiring. all fuses are ok. What else can we check? We have lots of extra lights on our gl1800/2004.

User avatar
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:57 pm
Location: South Jordan, UT
Motorcycle: 2002 Honda GL1800

Re: brake, signal light not working

Post by tmstowe »

I had a similar problem last year with my 2002 - the entire back end went dark. No lights, brake, signal, running, etc... I didn't try the horn, so I am not sure it that was part of this problem or not.

It ended up being a ground wire issue. Since I was on a trip at the time, we were not able to trace it completely, but I was able to add a new ground via one tail light and that seemed to work. Or it has since June 2011.

I have seen some comments on various forums that losing the ground wire is a common problem with the Wings.
User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 21809
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (sold)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2012 Suzuki Burgman 400 (wife's!)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: brake, signal light not working

Post by WingAdmin »

Anytime multiple, seemingly unrelated electrical items fail at the same time, the culprit is very often a bad ground wire.
Post Reply