Low Beams not working


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stan0614
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Low Beams not working

Post by stan0614 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:16 pm



2015 Goldwing GL1800 -

I MAY have left my trunk light on - not sure - but something completely drained the battery.

Anyway- left the battery tender on the bike for a couple of days and the battery is back up to charge - bike cranks and all works except the low beam headlights. I checked the fuses and they looked good. ( 15AMP ). Even replaced the fuse. High beams work fine as well as the tail and brake lights and blinkers. Bike seems fine after a 150 mile ride Sunday. Cranked well after every stop.

I'll go out and get some replacement low beam bulbs, but before I do - does anyone know
1) Do both bulbs usually go out at the same time? that seems strange.
2) Perhaps it was a coincidence - but seems strange a low battery would blow the bulbs if that's what happened.
3) What is a good way to detect an unknown power drain ?

Thanks, Stan



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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:30 pm

Rule out everything first...Does this bike have a separate relay for the high and low beam like the 1500 has?If it does,swap them and look again.

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by M61A1MECH » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:55 pm

stan0614 wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:16 pm
2015 Goldwing GL1800 -
does anyone know
1) Do both bulbs usually go out at the same time? that seems strange.
Thanks, Stan
Well I can tell you that I have replaced the low beams on my 2013 twice now and yes they both went out at the same time, also this has been reported numerous times over on the GL1800Riders forum.
The last time I installed LEDs, hope they last longer than the two to three years I got from the OEM type.
Steve K
Edgewater, FL

And the Lord said. "Thou shalt have dominion over all of the animals, except of course the cat."

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by stan0614 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:57 pm

THANKS for the answer about both going out at the same time.

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:50 am

Do you have a volt meter? If so check the bulbs for continuity, before just chucking them.

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by Rockdog » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:12 pm

Interesting.... mine went out overnight. Worked fine the day before then didn't work the next morning.stuck my hand in and wiggled the wires..they started working again just fine.....loose connection maybe?

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:34 pm

Play Sherlock Holmes and look for clues as too why.....

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by newday777 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:28 am

When one goes out you don't notice, especially if riding in daylight. Once the second bulb burns out, that's when you say, hmmm both bulbs burned out???
The extra power to the second bulb, along with the cycled life expended(on off cycles), the 2nd bulb burns out very soon after the first burns out.

Get the Electrical Connections low beam cutout that keeps low beam off until the oil pressure is up. This saves bulb life by reducing the off, on (when key is turned on) then off again when you hit the starter button, then on again when you release the starter button cycleing. Turning on light bulbs is the hardest jolt to bulb life.
This taps into your oil pressure switch(near oil filter) and the low beam relay(under seat). Well worth the $17. Saves the time and hand gouging changing headlight bulbs.

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... 120/125827

Also highly recommend getting LED headlight bulbs to see better and be seen by cagers(if they have their eyes and mind open and focused on driving). See Wingadmins reviews under product reviews.

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:30 am

newday777 wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:28 am
When one goes out you don't notice, especially if riding in daylight. Once the second bulb burns out, that's when you say, hmmm both bulbs burned out???
The extra power to the second bulb, along with the cycled life expended(on off cycles), the 2nd bulb burns out very soon after the first burns out.

Get the Electrical Connections low beam cutout that keeps low beam off until the oil pressure is up. This saves bulb life by reducing the off, on (when key is turned on) then off again when you hit the starter button, then on again when you release the starter button cycleing. Turning on light bulbs is the hardest jolt to bulb life.
This taps into your oil pressure switch(near oil filter) and the low beam relay(under seat). Well worth the $17. Saves the time and hand gouging changing headlight bulbs.

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... 120/125827

Also highly recommend getting LED headlight bulbs to see better and be seen by cagers(if they have their eyes and mind open and focused on driving). See Wingadmins reviews under product reviews.
Or just upgrade to the Electrical connection LED headlight bulbs. I did and they are great!

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Re: Low Beams not working

Post by newday777 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:34 am

Asphaltmaniac wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:30 am
newday777 wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:28 am
When one goes out you don't notice, especially if riding in daylight. Once the second bulb burns out, that's when you say, hmmm both bulbs burned out???
The extra power to the second bulb, along with the cycled life expended(on off cycles), the 2nd bulb burns out very soon after the first burns out.

Get the Electrical Connections low beam cutout that keeps low beam off until the oil pressure is up. This saves bulb life by reducing the off, on (when key is turned on) then off again when you hit the starter button, then on again when you release the starter button cycleing. Turning on light bulbs is the hardest jolt to bulb life.
This taps into your oil pressure switch(near oil filter) and the low beam relay(under seat). Well worth the $17. Saves the time and hand gouging changing headlight bulbs.

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... 120/125827

Also highly recommend getting LED headlight bulbs to see better and be seen by cagers(if they have their eyes and mind open and focused on driving). See Wingadmins reviews under product reviews.
Or just upgrade to the Electrical connection LED headlight bulbs. I did and they are great!
I already did 2 years ago....



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