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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Brake light won't turn off

On my 94 FLSTC, when I turn on the ignition switch (or start it), the brake light stays on (as in both filiments in the light stay lite). I've changed out the bulb and still... If I hit either brake, the light does nothing.

I'm guessing there's a gounding issue somewhere but wanted to see if anyone else ran across this same issue and could norrow down the search area.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 10:57 AM
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Probably not a grounding issue.
Remove one of the wires from the rear brake light switch and see if the problem persists,If it does then remove one of the wires from the handlebar switch,if the problem is still there then look for a cross short between the tail/ brake light wires in the rear fender or in the socket itself.
If the problem goes away by removing either brake light switch wires then replace the appropriate switch.
Keep in mind that the head/tail light comes on with the ignition switch in the run position.
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I keep forgetting about this new stuff like microswitches and the different kinds of connector plugs that make things so much more easier to work on.
Guess i`m still living in the old Shovel head days.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 02:54 PM
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Yea a switch most likely. Lotta folks get in trouble when they mess with the grps/brake lever and dont realize that theres a brake light switch in there.
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Dave63 nailed it!! I stopped by a shop Friday and a old school biker/owner told me the same thing. I went home and noticed the lever had a small gap at the switch control. Readjusted it and all's good. Thanks fro the help. I'm sure I'll need more as I learn about this bike.

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Most of us would reccomend getting the HD service manual for your particular model Tas.
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That's one of the first things I'm looking for. You recommend a good place for one? Do they have a good troubleshooting section?
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95 FXSTS Brake Light Problem Fixed

The brake light on my 1995 Softail Springer was staying on. I first checked the rear brake switch by removing the two connectors on it and checking continuity (of the two switch terminals) with a multimeter. It was OK. It was open normally and closed when the rear brake pedal was pushed.

After searching for "brake light won't turn off", I read this forum. I then adjusted the front brake assembly so that it was closer to the twist throttle grip assembly. That solved my problem of the brake light staying on!

Thanks to the previous posters and the search functions! I did not have to take my bike to the dealer! Now that is a savings!

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-14-2009, 02:43 AM
 
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I have the same problem! How do you adjust the lever to be closer?
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