HEAD LIGHT


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Kgwing
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HEAD LIGHT

Post by Kgwing » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:21 am



Why is it that my headlight is on when I turn the key on, but goes off soon as I start it! If I turn off and on a few times it will eventually stay on like its supposed to!
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virgilmobile
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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:23 am

2 possible answers.
1.the start button turns off power to operate the headlights when cranking..Those contacts may need cleaning.
2.The relay that operates that headlamp may be intermittent.
Before you do anything,switch to the other "beam" and see if it does the same thing.
If it does,clean the switch.
If it works fine,replace the offending relay.

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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by V-ROD » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:18 am

HELP
I have a 1995 Goldwing SE with an issue of no low/high beam
*Head Light is not on before or after starting. (all running lights and turn signals work)
*Checked Fuses - All Good
*Checked Relays - swapped (both 12V-20amp) the cruise control for Headlight - Cruise Control still worked , still no head light, therefore, Relay Good.
*Sprayed Electric Contact Cleaner spray in starter switch housing. - feels a hair sticky, but switch seems to return to proper position.
----No issues starting bike now (was sticky where bike wouldn't start, just that quick contact start attempt)
*Flipped the Hi/Low switch - nothing, not even a blue light when on high beam position.

I had a Head Light issue twice before:
1st time ALSO had: no neutral light, no reverse and bike wouldn't start, replaced the 5amp Fuse (in the Fuse box/panel)
2nd time replaced the 5amp Relay Fuse to fix. (just below the Headlight (Low) 20amp Relay in the Relay box/panel - Fuse #12, I think)

I know its not the bulbs as the headlight comes on when I put bike in Reverse. - its how I discovered the fix for #2 above.

At a loss...this only keeps me from riding at night - which is a problem for this coming w/e for the Roar to the Shore

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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:48 am



This schematic should help.Theres another 5 amp fuse that operates the relays.When in reverse,power to the switches and relay come from a different 5 amp fuse and bypass the start button contacts.
You either have a #12 fuse bad or the start button contacts bad.
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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by V-ROD » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:10 am

I'm suspecting I still have dirty contacts, even after spraying the start/reverse button. Is this much work/experience to open that housing to clean properly?

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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by virgilmobile » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:24 am

I've done it.A bit tedious with a few small parts.I am familiar with this kind of work and spent about a hour cleaning mine.Easy to drop a tiny spring or a screw so take those precautions.
Before you rip it apart do verify it is the problem.Test probe for volts on both sides of the switch.The wires are color coded.Brown/red and Blue/white.
Personally I'd probe the wires under the plastic handlebar cover.Easy to get to.Just split the outer casing a few inches.(not the wire casing).

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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by V-ROD » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:15 pm

based on the wire charts, but mine is a single light (1995), looks like I need to tear into switch...was going to do today (Friday 9/6) but was rained out...well off to the Roar to the Shore w/o Headlight :twisted:

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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by bigsteveswing » Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:44 am

Not trying to hijack someone else's post, just trying to clear some things up of my own. I started my own thread about the same time as this one got going.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=53480

I want to know if I should troubleshoot the switch first, fuses, or relay(s)? It is a pain to remove my seat because of the sidecar mount, but if that is where I need to go I will. I have low beam now with one (I assume) burned out bulb, when I flip to high beam I get nothing, including no dash indicator. My bike obviously has no reverse or cruise so those things are not affecting operation. Got new bulbs in the mail Saturday, just would like to know where to start.

Thanx, Steve

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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:09 pm

Swap the high/low beam relay first.

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Re: HEAD LIGHT

Post by tsandvik » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:53 am

Had problems before and after I replaced with LED's.
Finally bought a mess of relays from "The Company" store. Replaced all old relays.
Problems all went away.



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