Suspect Headlamp wiring pulling battery dwn

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Scooterbum, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Scooterbum

    Scooterbum New Member

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    Found a black wire w/fm connector loose behind light housing. Looking for thread tips and or pic help where it belongs appreciate any feed back. 97 E-Glide Classic, Thanks
     
  2. gusotto

    gusotto Junior Member

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    Is it totally loose?
    If unattached, I don't see how it could be pulling down your voltage.
    Different models of bikes sometimes have extra wires for other options.
    Makes building them at the factory easier.
     
  3. Hoople

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    I agree with above.
    We need more detail on your battery being "pull down". Extra connector could very easily be a feature or domestic model addition.
     
  4. Scooterbum

    Scooterbum New Member

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    Bad battery was trashed, Two weeks after I replaced it’s drained. Completing all the checks I find there is a slow pull on the battery. By coincidence my head lamp was intermittently showing high beam on the dash w/no lamp at start up.
    Then noticing the lamp connection is bit loose and frail I was concern weather any of the three wires would have something involved with the drain. Two give strong conductivity w/one intermittently. While looking I find a loose wire w/a cap/boot this would make since for accessory, another black wire has an open female feeding from the side unattached. Harley parts are very high priced for me to get so I like try be sure.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. Hoople

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    You first need to isolate which circuit branch off the main feed is responsible for the slow drain. You did not state how you determined it was a "key off" drain. You need to place an amp-meter in line with a battery terminal, then one at a time pull fuses until you find the branch that is causing the problem. From there looking at a schematic will tell you the few things it can possible be.

    Right now you don't know if you have 1 or 2 different problems. Leave fixing the bucket wiring for later. First find the source (or at least the branch) of your "key off" drain using an amp-meter. If the branch INCLUDES the headlight bucket, then proceed with fixing that issue.