Bad Ground??


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topcat
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Bad Ground??

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Replacing headlight assembly on 08 GL1800. Can't figure what I touched but got either a blown fuse or bad ground. Checked all fuses at side fuse box and are ok. Trying to determine continuity and get a partial light on tester. When I turn on ignition, horn kinda clicks and 1 light on dash flashes then nothing. Any ideas beside I'm cooked. :roll:



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redial
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Re: Bad Ground??

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Sounds like your battery does not have enough jolts.
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newday777
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Re: Bad Ground??

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Replacing headlight assembly- broken or damaged assembly or just replacing the bulbs?
From you description(not a clear description in your wording), assuming(not a good thing to do), it was working before you started what you've done, I have to agree with redial(Len), check the battery voltage reading and do a load test on the battery(autozone tests for free, remove the battery and take it to them)

Battery terminals are tight? I've seen too long a battery screw used on a new battery which didn't allow a tight connection.

Post a better description and voltage test results.
topcat wrote:Replacing headlight assembly on 08 GL1800. Can't figure what I touched but got either a blown fuse or bad ground. Checked all fuses at side fuse box and are ok. Trying to determine continuity and get a partial light on tester. When I turn on ignition, horn kinda clicks and 1 light on dash flashes then nothing. Any ideas beside I'm cooked. :roll:

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newday777
Posts: 1938
Joined: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:21 pm
Location: Milford NH summer/fall & Oceanside, CA winters(N San Diego) with lots of miles riden between
Motorcycle: 2008 Cabernet Red. Level 4

1983 GL1100A Wineberry 36,000 miles

1975 CB750 K5 Planet Blue 7,800 miles

1976 CB750 K6 Anterris Red 25,000 miles

Past rides
1999A Restored from PO neglect & sold at 19,000 miles

1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: Bad Ground??

Post by newday777 »

Have you been testing your fuses with a volt meter? Check both sides of the fuses with a volt meter on the little metal pad on both sides of the fuse size face.

topcat
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Re: Bad Ground??

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Thanks for all your responses. As it turned out, it was a bad battery and I ended up replacing it.



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