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My 1990 harley softails brake light lights up but does not illuminate brighter when i engage either brake. The lighy is fairly new. Any suggestions?
It's unlikely that both brake switches are bad at the same time . Make sure what you're seeing isn't the brake light filament lit . If it is then I would check the front brake switch , make sure the brake perch and the switch housings are butted up tight together .
Jump the rear brake switch wires , unplug the wires from the switch and connect them together . Does the brake filament light doing that ? If not then there's a problem with the bulb , socket or wiring .

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I was leavig early this morning and when walking up from behind my bike I was thinking that the brake light looks like its lite up brighter like your saying

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Have you changed, adjusted, or moved any of your controls on the right side? Like stated, the switch upfront is usually the one that get damaged or is not aligned properly. Trust me, this bites a lot of folks!

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I have no is it hard to tap into the right controls? With the brake fluid resivor up there?

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Just loosen the two screws for the brake handle perch and push the perch tight against the switch housing . There should be no gap between the perch and switch housing or the brake light will stay on .

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Ok i will try this thanks

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I checked out the controls and seems to be in place not away from it I will just have to go through connections And wires this week plus the bulb

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Did you recently have new grips put on the handlebars ??? The tip of the front brake switch breaks off if the grips aren't installed correctly , then the brake light stays on .

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No I have not done that recently

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Have you determined if the brake filament is the one that's lit ? You can jump the rear brake switch wires to force the brake light to come on as a test .

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