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  1. #1
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    Left turning signal doesn't work after drop --- SOLVED

    Hi all,

    I dropped my bike last night to the left (dragged a few ft) and now my L/H turn signal (front & rear) won't work at all. Here are some symptoms:

    1. I clicked the switch to the left and it will make some static noise like "dad dad dad dad dad." The indicator light on the gauge won't turn on.

    2. I tried to wiggle the light (front), I saw some spark at the connection (near the headlight housing). The indicator will turn on and there is no more static noise. However, the light itself still won't lite up.

    I will appreciate any help!! Thanks!
    Last edited by vincentmoy; 05-22-2009 at 11:12 PM.

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  3. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by vincentmoy View Post

    I tried to wiggle the light (front), I saw some spark at the connection (near the headlight housing). The indicator will turn on and there is no more static noise. However, the light itself still won't lite up.
    After that, do you REALLY need somebody to suggest to you where the problem might be ??? Seems to me like the sparks would be a dead give away.

    It is likely that something is broken and is shorting out (pinching a wire).
    You need to inspect everything in the vicinity of anything that was damaged on the left side. In order to do that properly, you will probably have to take stuff apart.
    Check the bulbs and sockets too.

    You may have burned out the flasher relay too. Do the right side lights flash like they should?
    Don't believe everything that you think.

  4. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    After that, do you REALLY need somebody to suggest to you where the problem might be ??? Seems to me like the sparks would be a dead give away.

    It is likely that something is broken and is shorting out (pinching a wire).
    You need to inspect everything in the vicinity of anything that was damaged on the left side. In order to do that properly, you will probably have to take stuff apart.
    Check the bulbs and sockets too.

    You may have burned out the flasher relay too. Do the right side lights flash like they should?
    Well... I'm sorry but I'm new to fixing up stuff in general.

    The right side flasher works, just the left side doesn't. I checked the right rear bulb and it is good. Didn't check the socket. I couldn't check the front cause one if the screw is stripped and I didn't have time to get it out.


  5. #4
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    I'm no expert...but it sounds like you dropped your bike.

    If it were me, I'd call the dealer...but that's how I cope.

  6. #5
    M-J Lifetime Achievement Award
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    here's what probably happened;

    turn signal units work on most bikes due to load - that is, when both bulbs flash, all is good.

    however, if, as what happened here, a wire (most likely a ground) is no longer functioning properly since the turn signal was bumped (badly) out of place.

    on my old scooter, there is no "grounding wire" per se, but it grounds through the connection of the turn signal to the frame.

    good news, you probably don't have a bad turn signal relay.

    bad news, the contact between the turn signal and the frame is goofed up.

    you may need to "play with - bump around" the turn signal and if it starts blinking, it is the culprit.

    good luck.

    nothing made me mechanically inclined like owning a bike.
    Couldn't put "fail" across Lolo's picture, but she did come in 4th in the 100 m hurdles - still one heck of an effort.

  7. #6
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    Problem fixed, turned out when I dropped the bike, it cut the wire in half

    I also fixed the brake light problem

  8. #7
    M-J Lifetime Achievement Award
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    I'll be damned, cut through the insulation wire and everything.

    usually, you will just cut through the insulation and the "bare" wire will short out to ground causing a fault.
    Couldn't put "fail" across Lolo's picture, but she did come in 4th in the 100 m hurdles - still one heck of an effort.


 

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