Headlights


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wtaylor20
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Headlights

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I left for a ride early this morning 9/10/16 before sunup and all was well. Later this afternoon I was informed by a rider in front of me my lights were not working. I checked everything I could on the road and found everything working except for low and High beams. Tail lights, turn signals and stop light are good.

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Re: Headlights

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Your profile shows that you have a 1987 GL1200A Aspencade so I am going out on a limb here and assuming that you are referring to a GL1800.

The only thing I see in common with both headlights on the GL1800 is the ground wire. Look at the schematic excerpt below.
Is the headlight adjuster still working? If the headlight adjuster is not working, I'd look for a faulty ground to the headlights.


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Re: Headlights

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Thanks I will give that a try tomorrow.

Warren

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Re: Headlights

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Keep in mind that the adjuster does not operate when the ignition is in the on position unless the engine is running.
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Re: Headlights

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If indeed this is an 1800 headlight question, first thing I'd check to see if your starter switch(es) are not stuck. Just cycle the switch a few times with the key off and retry. I can't recall if both High and Low are killed for starting or just low beams. There are two switch contact sets in the single button, one kills the lights and radio for starting and the other actuates the starter itself. either set of contacts can stick from dust, road grime etc. Both contact sets have surprised me and stuck at one time or another, I just sprayed them clean and exercised them back into functioning. No headlights stopped me from riding to work one day, but I caught it when the garage door descended into darkness! Recently the starter stuck and I couldn't shut down without using the key, that freaked me out (I found the button stuck in ever so slightly).
Tom, in Mountain Home, Idaho
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Re: Headlights

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Thanks to all for your help. I have had an education on lights and the starter switch was stuck. I had stopped no less than 3 times on my trip and it never worked. But after working with the switch they started working.

Thanks again.

Warren

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Re: Headlights

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Awesome! I Keep A Small Spray Bottle Of Tuner Cleaner In My Trunk Just For Switches. I Find Myself Always Checking Lights In The Back Of Vehicle, Store Fronts And The Garage Door Just InCase After It Bit me. Glad It Worked Out For You.


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