Fog lights not working


Information and questions on GL1800 Goldwings (2001-2017)
  • Sponsored Links
Post Reply
User avatar
snb290
Posts: 36
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:06 pm
Location: Rusk, Texas, USA
Motorcycle: 2010 Goldwing Trike GL 1800

Fog lights not working

Post by snb290 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:40 am



2010 GL 1800. The fog lights were working just fine, then a couple days ago I tried them and they wouldn't come on. I don't see any fuse that covers that. The switch feels normal.
Is there a relay or something else I should be checking?

Thanks for any help.



Techdude2000
Posts: 146
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:11 pm
Location: Lexington, KY
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by Techdude2000 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:42 am

Are these Honda and do you have the high beams on? If they’re Honda’s setup, the high beams cut them off. They are powered by the tail light relay and fuse. So if your tail lights are working, it’s probably not a power problem.

User avatar
snb290
Posts: 36
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:06 pm
Location: Rusk, Texas, USA
Motorcycle: 2010 Goldwing Trike GL 1800

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by snb290 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:50 pm

Tail lights are working. High beams are NOT on.
I think they are Honda, but I don't know for sure. Just got the bike in May of this year. and they were on it when I got it. There is cowling around them, if that helps.

Next idea?

User avatar
huggiebear
Posts: 59
Joined: Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:39 am
Location: Caledon, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2010 GL1800 airbag
2005 GL1800 with side Car and Trailer

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by huggiebear » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:07 pm

If I'm not mistaken kuriakyn lights comes with a relay and a switch. The switch is mounted where the four way flasher button is.
The relay it's behind the shelter left side .

User avatar
huggiebear
Posts: 59
Joined: Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:39 am
Location: Caledon, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2010 GL1800 airbag
2005 GL1800 with side Car and Trailer

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by huggiebear » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:15 pm

Have you checked the switch on the left side where the 4 way flasher is. If I'm not mistaken kuryakyn lights comes with a inline relay with the switch.

User avatar
huggiebear
Posts: 59
Joined: Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:39 am
Location: Caledon, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2010 GL1800 airbag
2005 GL1800 with side Car and Trailer

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by huggiebear » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:18 pm

Not sure why shows both reply it wasn't there that is why I replayed the second time sorry.

User avatar
snb290
Posts: 36
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:06 pm
Location: Rusk, Texas, USA
Motorcycle: 2010 Goldwing Trike GL 1800

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by snb290 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:43 pm

I'll take a look see tomorrow. If it isn't too cold and rainy.

Techdude2000
Posts: 146
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:11 pm
Location: Lexington, KY
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by Techdude2000 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:00 pm

snb290 wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:50 pm
Tail lights are working. High beams are NOT on.
I think they are Honda, but I don't know for sure. Just got the bike in May of this year. and they were on it when I got it. There is cowling around them, if that helps.

Next idea?
If they are Honda, there will be a cutout relay in line between the switch and the lights. This relay energizes when the high beams are on and is de-energized when they are off. It’s normally closed contacts are used to send power to the lights in this de-energized state. If this relay exists and is bad, then you can put a jumper from the brown/blue wire to the red wire and they should light.

DaveO430
Posts: 1030
Joined: Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:28 pm
Location: Amity. Ar
Motorcycle: 2010 GL1800
2004 Suzuki DR200

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by DaveO430 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:04 am

Techdude2000 wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:00 pm


If they are Honda, there will be a cutout relay in line between the switch and the lights. This relay energizes when the high beams are on and is de-energized when they are off. It’s normally closed contacts are used to send power to the lights in this de-energized state. If this relay exists and is bad, then you can put a jumper from the brown/blue wire to the red wire and they should light.
According to the Honda ETM there is no relay. I installed show chrome fog lights in my 08 and they had a relay, can't say on my '10, they were on it when I bought it.

Techdude2000
Posts: 146
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:11 pm
Location: Lexington, KY
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by Techdude2000 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:14 am

DaveO430 wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:04 am
Techdude2000 wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:00 pm


If they are Honda, there will be a cutout relay in line between the switch and the lights. This relay energizes when the high beams are on and is de-energized when they are off. It’s normally closed contacts are used to send power to the lights in this de-energized state. If this relay exists and is bad, then you can put a jumper from the brown/blue wire to the red wire and they should light.
According to the Honda ETM there is no relay. I installed show chrome fog lights in my 08 and they had a relay, can't say on my '10, they were on it when I bought it.
Yep, the ETM doesn’t show one due to there not being one from the factory installed on the bike. That schematic has been like that since the 01s. The cutout relay is part of the Hondaline foglight kit.

User avatar
GoldWingrGreg
Posts: 282
Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:18 am
Location: Zephyrhills, Florida
Motorcycle: 89 GL1500
03 GL1800
04 GL1800(abs)
05 GL1800(abs)
07 GL1800(abs)

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:15 am

I don't think the ETM covers complete wiring for Hondaline accessories. The relay for them comes in Honda's fog lamp kit and gets installed with the switch. The small relay harness plugs into the small switch harness and both sit under the left front pocket.

Looks like Rob types quicker.

User avatar
Big Blue UK
Posts: 528
Joined: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:18 pm
Location: Staffordshire UK
Motorcycle: GL1800 Monarch

Re: Fog lights not working

Post by Big Blue UK » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:24 pm

First thing I would do is put a multimeter on the switch. Strip one down and you may think, damn, that is flagship Honda quality design and production right there. I would not.


If at first you don't succeed, hide the evidence.

Post Reply