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Brake lights on

My brake light is on and will not go off. I checked the wiring and it all looked fine. I am pretty sure its not my fuse otherwise the light would not come on period. Can someone give me advie on what i could do to fix this?
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-29-2006, 06:39 AM
 
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If it's not the fuse, there are only two other options... a short, in which case it should flicker as the bike and wiring vibrate, or your sensor / switch is sticking. If you don't have a manul for your bike, I'd recommned finding one. But there are two switches, one at the front brake lever, and one at your rear brake peddle, my money is road gunk around the rear switch. Clean the bike, and us a little teflon lube / preventitive around the mechanical portion of the switch by your rear set.
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If it's not the fuse, there are only two other options... a short, in which case it should flicker as the bike and wiring vibrate, or your sensor / switch is sticking. If you don't have a manul for your bike, I'd recommned finding one. But there are two switches, one at the front brake lever, and one at your rear brake peddle, my money is road gunk around the rear switch. Clean the bike, and us a little teflon lube / preventitive around the mechanical portion of the switch by your rear set.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-29-2006, 06:51 AM
 
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yeppers to what pucky says...the rear switch is usually the culprit...check the adjustment on the switch...it is usually a threaded tube so you can adjust the "pull" on the switch wire.
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Yes I would check there as Bee said.. its most likely out of adjustment or the spring is broke.




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looks like I'm doing some trouble shooting this week on this. I can't tell if mine is stuck on or off I think off I put it up on the center stand when I got to work and tried the brakes to see if the tail light was coming on....no change. Tried the front and the rear brake.

Anyone know if there is usually a seperate fuse for the running light and the brake light?
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yes...the brake light is separate fuse. It takes input from two different systems, front and rear.
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yes...the brake light is separate fuse. It takes input from two different systems, front and rear.
thanks, I was assuming that. I did some looking over on my FZ6 forum and got some info on the bulb number and circuit stuff. Yet another project for this week
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If your tailight comes on with the key...then it is not a power issue. Check the bulb, the stop filament could be broken, but the tailight comes on. If not the bulb, then you have a front or rear switch issue...usually it's the rear.
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If your tailight comes on with the key...then it is not a power issue. Check the bulb, the stop filament could be broken, but the tailight comes on. If not the bulb, then you have a front or rear switch issue...usually it's the rear.
Tailight is on with the key. So my first assumption is that it is the brakelight fuse or the brake filement of the 2-filement bulb is bad. I just honestly don't know how bright the running light filement is to tell if the brake lights are stuck on or not turning on.

I was going to start by checking the brake light fuse. Then pulling the running light fuse and see if it turns off. If it does, then I'll check the bulb.
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Tailight is on with the key. So my first assumption is that it is the brakelight fuse or the brake filement of the 2-filement bulb is bad. I just honestly don't know how bright the running light filement is to tell if the brake lights are stuck on or not turning on.

I was going to start by checking the brake light fuse. Then pulling the running light fuse and see if it turns off. If it does, then I'll check the bulb.

Take your heel guard off the brake pedal side. Usually the master cylinder and switch are held on by the heel guard bolts. See if the light changes on or off. manually pull on the tube to activate the switch.

If you can activate the brake lights this way, screw the tube up or down to adjust it so when you reinstall the bolts, the switch will work.

the last time birdman and I changed the rear pads on the bee, they were so worn, they were crumbling. I had changed the heel guards shortly before, so when I installed the new brake pads, my brake light was on all the time. It was a quick adjustment...
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Take your heel guard off the brake pedal side. Usually the master cylinder and switch are held on by the heel guard bolts. See if the light changes on or off. manually pull on the tube to activate the switch.

If you can activate the brake lights this way, screw the tube up or down to adjust it so when you reinstall the bolts, the switch will work.

the last time birdman and I changed the rear pads on the bee, they were so worn, they were crumbling. I had changed the heel guards shortly before, so when I installed the new brake pads, my brake light was on all the time. It was a quick adjustment...
Got a chance to take a look at lunch. It definately is the rear brake switch. It's adjusted so the plunger isn't getting pulled back in to turn off the light. so either this has been a problem for a while and I didn't notice it OR I got some junk on the switch inhibiting it from sliding back in as smooth.

What are the chances of that plunger going bad??? It appeared to be adjusted all the way down. I'll know more tonight
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Not that anyone cares but tuff, I'm writing it anyway. So I figured out last night I needed to raise my brake lever because the switch was already in the lowest position. Well once I did that the lever was wwaaayy too high. I ended up moving the lever down a click and readjusting. Then I could tweak the switch. She's perfect now
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Not that anyone cares but tuff, I'm writing it anyway. So I figured out last night I needed to raise my brake lever because the switch was already in the lowest position. Well once I did that the lever was wwaaayy too high. I ended up moving the lever down a click and readjusting. Then I could tweak the switch. She's perfect now

Congrats!!... ...Did you reward yourself afterwards by consuming a large quantity of adult beverages???
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Congrats!!... ...Did you reward yourself afterwards by consuming a large quantity of adult beverages???
unfortunatly no. still not feeling so great from this past weekend
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Isn't it a wonderful feeling when you fix something on your bike? You have stripped away the "mystique" and thrown off the fear of messing up. Now, when you understand how and why it works...makes you feel great, eh?
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Isn't it a wonderful feeling when you fix something on your bike? You have stripped away the "mystique" and thrown off the fear of messing up. Now, when you understand how and why it works...makes you feel great, eh?
it does. I remember tearing into my electrical system with my heated grips and my headlight mod...felt awesome when it all turned on after.
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Isn't it a wonderful feeling when you fix something on your bike? You have stripped away the "mystique" and thrown off the fear of messing up. Now, when you understand how and why it works...makes you feel great, eh?
I just finished taking apart my carbs and rejetting them and shimming them. At first it seemed like a crazy idea for me to do it, but I worked through it and it came out great.
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