I got pulled over by the police Monday evening for what the young officer said was "no taillight." I had a light on my pre-ride check; and when he said why he'd stopped me, I turned the key and had a light. I started to feel like that Nationwide commercial: "On, off; on, off; Are you looking? On, off; on..." It came on every time. He counseled me - the second born in what my sib and I refer to as The Safety Family - on how dangerous it is to ride without a taillight. I listened politely, wearing my illuminite overpants, a Class 3 reflective vest, and a reflective jacket...and then pointed out that, by all appearances, I am not one to be a scofflaw around safety issues. He wrote me a warning anyway, but with no repair order, "because the light's not broken now."
Soooo, last night I checked the wiring harness to the taillight - connectors were clean, pins looked good, but I put some dielectric grease in anyway; checked the reserve lighting device. All looked good there, but greased the connectors; checked both bulbs - both were fine, but I put bulb grease on 'em and reinserted them. "On, off; on, off..." Worked every time.
What am I missing? If I'm reading the wiring diagram properly, the B/Y wire comes off the reserve lighting device and keeps the taillights on when the ignition is in the "on" position; but that looks fine. So I'm thinking maybe a short to ground...but where is the ground located for that?
It's possible that my Class 3 vest was so
bright that the officer was blinded by it and thus unable to see that I actually did have a working taillight
; but I'm rather thinking a short somewhere.
Anybody have suggestions?