Budding Electrical Problem

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Budding Electrical Problem

Post by Cleetorn »

In the last several days, I have noticed that while I am driving my '06 down the highway, the turn signal lights on the panel come on dimly simultaneously for a while. When that happens, the cruise control disengages and will not re-engage. When I try to use the turn signal to change lanes, they work insipidly but both panel lights flash like they were emergency flashers. When I push on the brakes, both panel lights illuminate brightly. The Fuel Injection light comes on for a moment and then goes out. The engine doesn't seem to miss a beat while this is going on. Of course, I can't see what the lights are actually doing while I am riding. Only problem is that when I get where I am going, the malfunction resolves itself and everything works normal again. It's tough to trace down a problem that won't manifest itself except when I am on the road. Anybody ever had anything like this happen to them? All thoughts and considerations would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Budding Electrical Problem

Post by thrasherg »

Unfortunately this sounds like a ground fault. They are usually very difficult to find. Try doing a search for ground or earthing faults and see what is suggested.

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Re: Budding Electrical Problem

Post by canuck623 »

Definitely a ground issue. The fact it doesn't happen at a stop is odd for sure. If you can get a friend to ride behind you and in front of you so you can see if the exterior bulbs are doing anything funny when you are moving. A shorted to ground bulb could cause what you are describing and it may only show it's head when the vibrations of movement are present.
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