rear light problem ??

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    albertaduke former airline pilot without the big bucks

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    what could cause the rear position light to stay off when the ignition is turned on I checked the fuse, I checked the rear led bulb ( brake light works|) it used to work without problem before
    .could it be a glitch when I changed the headlights and reconnected new headlights ?? both old and new headlights are LED and the wiring is fine as well headlights do work on low and high.
    I am sort of baffled or
    am I missing something obvious :mad:
     
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    1olbull Riding Motor Since 1950

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    Tire rub on wires under rear fender?
     
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    albertaduke former airline pilot without the big bucks

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    nope.. I checked that and not only wires are solid but I installed some time ago a metal plate covering the wires entering the fender just to protect the wires from rubbing and there are no rubbing tire marks on that plate either .......mystery deepens .....at worst I will tape a bicycle light over and above the red cover just in case I ride at night
     
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    I had problems with my turn signals and it was a function of a crappy design of the socket. The contacts are free floating, and putting a bulb in blind there is a good chance the tab will be jammed and bent away from the bulb contact.
     
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    If it is not the wires (I had that problem last year) and its not the bulb (I have had that problem multiple times) Could it be corrosion inside the housing? I had to have mine replaced once.
     
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    albertaduke former airline pilot without the big bucks

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    please no..... this mean I have to remove the metal plate remove the wires the
    the bulb is ok as the lights come on when brakes are applied I think there is something to do with wiring somewhere .... my worst nightmare I hate playing with wires and connectors what if I was to pull the 20 amps fuse turning off the headlights would the rear position light remain on or not depending on that I could narrow the problem down Maybe ..
     
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    barbagris Mad Scientist

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    Patrick

    The MULTIMETER is your friend. Check the contacts.
     
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    albertaduke former airline pilot without the big bucks

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    ok....will try that as well
     
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    CamaroCarl Get busy living or get busy dying.

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    If it worked fine before you changed the headlights and now it's not working, I think it would be related to that. Pretty sure it's the same circuit. When I changed to leds I didn't have any problems, but I think some people have had to use resistors. Maybe the new headlights draw less current. I'm not an electrical guru, just throwing out ideas.
     
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    Pat - This may sound dumb - But you changed the headlamp. What about the parking light connector? IIRC the tail light and Parking light are on the same circuit.
     
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