Some lights are out- what to replace?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by RideTheLightning, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. RideTheLightning

    RideTheLightning Active Member

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    Hey guys,

    My front right indicator is out unless I press the indicator button, then it blinks. Also, my two rear indicators are like this as well. Do I need to replace these entire assemblies or just the bulbs?

    Thanks.
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Most likely cause is bad bulbs...they have been working for over 8 years, check them one at a time, cleaning the sockets and using dielectric grease to limit corrosion of the contact. Did they ALL go out suddenly, or has this been getting worse or after some work was done to the signaling lamps/wiring/fuse block area?
     
  3. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Unless you have added additional modules to your rear lighting system then the rear indicators only work when the indicators are flashing
    the front indicators have a dual filament bulb a low wattage filament that is on all the time and a high wattage filament that flashes when the indicator button is pressed
    i would assume that the low wattage filament is bust
    you will need to replace the bulb
    remove the lens cover, press in on the bulb and turn 1/4 turn anti clockwise and release pressure and bulb should ease out
    there are 2 posts on the metal part of the bulb these are at different heights take note of which way round they are as the bulb only fits the correct way round so that the contacts line up for the correct filaments

    Brian
     
  4. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Bulbs. Buy a handful of each type your bike uses. They are not that robust and break (filaments).

    TQ
     
  5. RideTheLightning

    RideTheLightning Active Member

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    Only recent work was that the windscreen got adjusted.

    I wasn't sure about the bolded part. I guess I never noticed. I will replace the bulbs.

    Will do.

    Thanks for the tips.