Headlights Went Out and Back On After Restarting the Bike


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BearsGrandpa
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Headlights Went Out and Back On After Restarting the Bike

Post by BearsGrandpa » Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:56 pm



while riding Saturday my buddy pulled me over because my headlights went out. Sure enough they just went/out. I shut the bike off and tried to trouble shoot with the key in the start position but not acctually starting the bike, the high/low switch didn't affect it affct them they stayed out. The highbeam indicator didn't work either.

After restarting the bike the lights came back on, stayed on and the dimmer switch works and the highbeam indicator works.

Any thoughts/concerns/

Thanks



DaveO430
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Re: Headlights Went Out and Back On After Restarting the Bike

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:34 pm

Probably the start switch sticking. There is a second switch in the start switch that turns the headlights off when starting. Get some plastic safe contact cleaner and spray generously in around the start button.

BearsGrandpa
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Re: Headlights Went Out and Back On After Restarting the Bike

Post by BearsGrandpa » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:46 pm

thanks, I'll try that

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823JIM
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Re: Headlights Went Out and Back On After Restarting the Bike

Post by 823JIM » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:17 am

DaveO430 wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:34 pm
Probably the start switch sticking. There is a second switch in the start switch that turns the headlights off when starting. Get some plastic safe contact cleaner and spray generously in around the start button.
+1 on the contact cleaner. I had this same thing happen on my "wing right after I got it. It had been sitting for a year. Used contact cleaner with lubricant from Radio Shack, has never reoccurred.
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BearsGrandpa
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Re: Headlights Went Out and Back On After Restarting the Bike

Post by BearsGrandpa » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:53 am

you guys are the best. I will get on that maybe tonight.



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