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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-05-2010, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Light stays on

Hello All,

I noticed today my brake light stays on and when I push on my brakes the light does not trigger because it is staying on as soon as I start the bike. I did install some new turn signals, possibly could be the problem, but I am not sure.

Any suggestions as to why my brake light is staying on?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-06-2010, 05:15 PM
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Brake light

Kiwi,

I guess you know you have two brake switches. Either one will hold the light on. So be sure both the brake lever and the brake peddle return all the way to home. I can hear the switch in the lever click. If you can hear it click it is probably ok. The brake peddle is differant, I would need to disconnect a wire and check it with an Ohm meter.

Since you just worked on the lights that makes the odds you may have caused it so double check everything you did. If you opened any splices be sure the wire color code in and out is the same. Check to be sure you did not trap any wires and pinch them.

Disconnect your new lights and see if the lights go out.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dave!

I checked everything and it seems to be the rear brake switch. When it is plugged in the brake light stays on and when it is disconnected it goes out and the hand lever works with the brake light. I guess I need to just replace the rear brake switch and I should be back in business.

Thanks for your help!

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 02:45 PM
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Check the adjustment on it. Mine did the same thing it was just out of spec adjustment wise.

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Kiwi,

As Fulltilt said there is a good chance the switch is not bad. Check your pedal travel and the switch position.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 09:15 PM
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My money is on the wiring since that was the last thing that you did. You didn't mention that you messed with the brake switch. You've got something grounded (or the signal light wires reversed) I'll bet. I would do a voltage check and look for reversed or exposed wires.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2010, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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First let me thank all of you for your suggestions and things to check. I did them all and the culprit of my brake light staying on was the adjustment on the switch spring. I needed to adjust the switch spring down some and that turned the light out. Thanks Fulltilt for that suggestion!

Problem has been resolved.


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