Do I have relay failing


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aj1500
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Do I have relay failing

Post by aj1500 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:23 am



I had to jump start my bike about a week ago, it had sat for a week and was just low enough to not catch
I used a jump pack we have and once it started I lost dash& tail lights, the reverse and cruise light came on
after running a few minutes the lights came back on the the others went back out. since then I have had it flicker a couple times at start up but be fine after that. this morning they started blinking off for a sec while I was driving and my reverse light would come on and stay on
then it went out and all was good
I'm thinking I have a relay about to go out, what says you and if so which one would it likely be



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Erdeniz Umman
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Re: Do I have relay failing

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:22 am

While jump starting you might have moved a part, terminal, connector, contact, fuse etc which is not tight enough.

I would recommend you check the parts there. Don't forget to check the 30A fuse and its housing on the relay A.

For the reverse system, move the reverse lever up and down several times, or better remove the inner cover and check its switch.

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Re: Do I have relay failing

Post by hwydoc2 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:45 pm

:idea: I'm not knowledgeable enough to answer your original inquiry; I would however suggest you think about two things. The first being are your battery terminals clean and tight, does your battery have adequate fluid. do you keep it on a battery maintainer when parked? Second if you are running the stock alternator, have you considered with the age of your bike that it's tired and not performing its job properly and you might consider an upgrade to a 90 watt unit. My two cents FWIW.

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Re: Do I have relay failing

Post by aj1500 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:42 am

Thanks for the thoughts, I have a high amp alternator and I know all my battery connections are good, clean and tight
it is looking like it's time to get ready to replace the battery but I don't think that is where my issue lies. since my last post it hasn't done it again. I will be replacing my rear tire this weekend so I think I'll use that time with the saddle bag off to check all my relay connections



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