Headlight problems

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by chasntails, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. chasntails

    chasntails New Member

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    My 97 Softail headlight quit working. Indicator light is on Hi Beam and does not change when the switch is changed to the low beam setting. Does not matter which setting it is on, the headlight still does not work.

    I changed the headlight dimmer/horn switch with no change. Still no headlight. Tail light and brake lights, passing lights and turn signals all work. Headlight bulb looks brand new.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

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  2. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    Have you pulled the bulb out and checked the connector for voltage? That's where I would start. Sounds like your 3 prong plug has overheated and shorting out. My '96 Ultra did that with the Hi beam indicator. At night with low beam I could still see the indicator barely glowing. Daytime couldn't see it. My problem was the overheated connector.
    tourbox
     
  3. chasntails

    chasntails New Member

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    I'll GIve that a shot. Thanks tourbox
     
  4. chasntails

    chasntails New Member

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    Just thought I'd let you know that I checked the connection for the headlight and there was a problem with the connector on one lobe. Most likely from improper installation, it appeared to be forced together pushing one tab to the side which eventually heated the plastic connection enough so it interrupted the connection. Cost me $1.50 for the plastic connector without wires.

    Thanks a million for the tip. You were spot on.
     
  5. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    Glad you gott'er fixed. Easier replacing the connector than having to run down wiring problem.
    tourbox
     
  6. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    I had a situation once with a higher intensity bluish headlight bulb causing connector to overheat and melt.... :(
     
  7. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    It's recommended that if you go to a higher intensity bulb you should also change the plug and wires. That's suppose to cure the hot and melting issue.
     
  8. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    As with any electrical connection, if not clean and tight there will be more resistance and more heating, kind of like with a bad spark plug wire it will take more voltage to fire the same spark:D Remember these beasts vibrate, the number one enemy of electrical components besides heat
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013