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I know everyone is sick of me by now, but you are the only folks I can trust. My left signal lights, both front and rear, flash very rapidly. The dash indicator also flashes rapidly in the left position. The right signals both flash normally. I tried Clymers but couldn't find anything. Does the bike have a flasher unit like a car and if so, where is it? I know someone has run into this before. Thanks
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The turn signal unit is located on the back of the battery box, left side (as you're sitting on the bike). But I'd put money down that your bulbs are loose or going bad on the left side. Same as in a car - that's your "first warning" that there's a problem. Check the bulbs for connectivity (there is some bulb grease you can get at any auto parts store to help); and if in doubt, get two new bulbs (they';re always good to have around). Hopefully it's as simple as that!

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Hey Cindy, is that bulb grease you refer to the same as dielectric grease, or something different? I`ve never heard of bulb grease before. I`ve also never experienced loose bulbs flashing faster. Usually a fast flasher on my car was the result of adding a trailer and a 3rd bulb. That is obviously not the problem here. A burned out bulb will cause the remaining signal and dash indicator to stay ON and not flash.

X2 to trying a couple of new bulbs. It is the cheapest, quickest and easyist first fix try.

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Hey Cindy, is that bulb grease you refer to the same as dielectric grease, or something different? I`ve never heard of bulb grease before. I`ve also never experienced loose bulbs flashing faster. Usually a fast flasher on my car was the result of adding a trailer and a 3rd bulb. That is obviously not the problem here. A burned out bulb will cause the remaining signal and dash indicator to stay ON and not flash.

X2 to trying a couple of new bulbs. It is the cheapest, quickest and easyist first fix try.
I've had "dying" bulbs flash faster - I'm guessing that as the resistance in the filament decreases (as the filament's burning out), you'll get the same effect as trying to use an LED signal bulb. Not enough resistance so the warning starts up. So it may not be a loose bulb, but a becoming-bad bulb -as you say, replacement is a cheap and easy way to find out!

As far as what bulb grease is...it probably is just dielectric grease in a new package! I've never bought any, but I've seen it at the stores. Anybody else know??

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I've had "dying" bulbs flash faster - I'm guessing that as the resistance in the filament decreases (as the filament's burning out), you'll get the same effect as trying to use an LED signal bulb. Not enough resistance so the warning starts up. So it may not be a loose bulb, but a becoming-bad bulb -as you say, replacement is a cheap and easy way to find out!

As far as what bulb grease is...it probably is just dielectric grease in a new package! I've never bought any, but I've seen it at the stores. Anybody else know??
Same stuff, some times it is white or yellow it serves the same purpose and that is to prevent corrosion of dissimilar metals in most vehicles sold today. The little containers of different types of lube and other commonly used products sitting on the checkout counter at most of the automotive chains are like candy to a kid and I'll buy one or two of something about every time I check out. That's their plan but it keeps me from having to stop what I am doing and go get something I don't use very often and since I live in a rural area it saves time and gas ,so I fall for their sales gimmick and am glad I do from time to time.




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Crobins, you were right. My front signal bulb was loose. Now, I can't seem to get the bulb back in. Maybe my fingers are too fat. Any tricks I don't know about?
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[QUOTE=lbcole0915;104840]Crobins, you were right. My front signal bulb was loose. Now, I can't seem to get the bulb back in. Maybe my fingers are too fat. Any tricks I don't know about?[/QUOTE]

I know what you mean. I decided to pull mine out one day just to check for corrosion or whatever. I had a devil of a time pushing and twisting the little beggars back in around that 90* corner. I think success has something to do with how you hold your mouth while you are doing it.

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Thanks for everyone's help. The lights work fine now. After working with the bulb for about 45 mins tonight, I finally found the secret. I had my wife do it for me. She didn't have any problem at all. Maybe smaller fingers. Again, Thanks.
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