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Old 04-28-2015, 11:19 AM   #1
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Headlight and taillight out

Not too keen on reading wiring diagrams. Fuse is good, dash lights and turn signals working. No headlight or tail light. No high beam or high beam flash. No brake light. Would my issue be with the switch? Need to know where to start looking. Made for an interesting ride home last night. Watched my six hard and thank goodness for that auxiliary fog light!
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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Correction: I do have a brake light. I didn't think it was working. That would have made me feel a bit easier last night dammit.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:50 PM   #3
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Pull headlight bucket and check if plug fell off back of bulbs?
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:20 PM   #4
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Nope, all tight
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Old 04-28-2015, 03:08 PM   #5
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Bulb's OK/replaced? When I blew my tail light, the head light was a bout 3 day's later.

Or...
Put in a new fuse...I know it sounds stupid, but i've had an intermittent/cracked fuse before that gave me fit's for a while.

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Old 04-28-2015, 04:02 PM   #6
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When my 950 started blowing the headlight and tail light bulbs I didn't realise it was the rectifier cooking them until it had boiled my battery. Worth checking the charging rate doesn't exceed 14.8 volts when revved if your bulbs have actually blown?

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Old 04-28-2015, 04:24 PM   #7
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If I am using the voltmeter right I have no power to the headlight, and no power to the switch. I tested the turn signal and got a reading, but for the head light- brown ground, tested the green and the blue- nothing and for the switch white ground and the other wires blue and yellow i think it was? -nothing. Don't know where to go next besides tearing into the harness and going over all the wires. Anything else I should test first? There was no prelim to this, it was fine then it wasn't. I believe I replaced the brake bulb a couple months ago.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:30 PM   #8
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Tested the fuses. Hi/low beam fuse has no reading, but how does that affect the brake light. The wiring diagram shows a light switch, but I do not have one, just a hi/low beam.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:45 PM   #9
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Interesting and like to see the fix. When you had pwr to the blinker wires did the blinkers actually light up? All 4?
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:46 PM   #10
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What year/model bike?
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:59 PM   #11
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I am going with the bad ignition switch theory. No power to the fuse box, only thing between it and the battery is the ignition. I will try a dousing of contact cleaner, but I am pretty sure that unless I find a broken wire, I will be getting a new ignition. Damn thing is riveted on too.

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Old 04-29-2015, 12:26 PM   #12
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Solved!





Here you can see the spring loaded contacts are stuck down.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:40 PM   #13
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Wow! note to self...go home and spray some WD40 or similar in my ignition switch.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:01 PM   #14
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Had the exact same problem on my 950, it had been hard to get lights to fire up blamed the HID ballasts for it.

Ended up with no lights except indicators, last few kilometers in the dark on the highway was a bit scary but following some slow moving car and living on his lights got me to my goal for the day.

Checked the contacts in the ignition lock but they looked good, and lights worked again, only drove during the day getting home again.

Looked over wiring from ignition and found this:



Might be worth opening the protective sheet if having ignition lock contacts out, especially if high mileage bike even the older models that dont have the wiring cutting plastic added to them.

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