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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Park light problem

I charged up an old battery and put it in the bike to see if all my new light connections, new indicators etc..., all worked ok. Everything seemed good. Indicators blinking, headlight, tail and brake light all worked well.

The problem arose when I tried to turn off the headlight, or more specifically the park light. The main headlight turns off fine, but the small park bulb wonít switch off. Switching it off at the switch block has no effect, and I can turn the key to any spot on the ignition switch and it just stays on. Itís only when I disconnect the battery that it turns off.

Iím guessing that the problem lies with the ignition switch, which feels pretty worn.
Would this be correct, or should I be looking somewhere else for a fault?
Alternately, should I just disconnect the park light? Iíd much rather just do that than replace the entire ignition switch, or could just disconnecting the bulb cause other problems?

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Thats a tough one,wish i could help,but without a schematic i would guess that
the only switch would be the ignition,good luck.
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If it is the switch I would replce it. You might find other problems down the road. (No pun intended)

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Hmm, when you say 'park light', do you mean the rear, red tail light or the front orange ones? (or some aftermarket one, because it kinda sounds like the way you describe it, that it's in the headlight bucket?)


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Sounds like the switch to me.
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Hmm, when you say 'park light', do you mean the rear, red tail light or the front orange ones? (or some aftermarket one, because it kinda sounds like the way you describe it, that it's in the headlight bucket?)
The bulb that I am referring to is the small one inside the headlight shell.
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I couldn't find any reference to this light in the manual, so perhaps it's
only a feature of the models imported to Australia.
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Must be a Ausy thing. Not in the states, at least not on my 01

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ahh ok, its his running light. In non US models, there is a running light vs running the headlight at all times... sounds like the ignition switch. check it first, and let us know.

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Ah ha, it is IN the headlight.
Hope ya can figure it out. If not, ya could probably add a relay to it.


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Well I discovered that the problem is not with the ignition switch.

I removed the ignition to clean the connections, and discovered that the light stays on, even when the ignition switch is totally removed!!

I think Iíll just leave that bulb unplugged and see how it goes.

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