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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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New rider needs help with turn signals

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Ok my turn signal fuse 10 amp, keeps blowing. The signals will work for a short time and then they don't. I have cleaned the corrosion (left side was in bad shape) using spray contact cleaner and cotton swabs and then doped the bulb and socket with dielectric grease. I attached a digital multi-meter to each terminal in the 4 bulb bases, I get resistance readings in 3 of the 4 (2 terminals in the front left and the 2 single terminals in the rear.) So help me out here, I should not get readings if there is not a short right? Is it really probable that 3 of the 4 signal wires are shorted out or is there a common junction that I should look at? I have searched the forums, originally I found a good post about using the multi-meter, but today I just can't find it. Sorry to ask the same question as someone else, but I just can't find again.
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Hello all,
Ok my turn signal fuse 10 amp, keeps blowing. The signals will work for a short time and then they don't. I have cleaned the corrosion (left side was in bad shape) using spray contact cleaner and cotton swabs and then doped the bulb and socket with dielectric grease. I attached a digital multi-meter to each terminal in the 4 bulb bases, I get resistance readings in 3 of the 4 (2 terminals in the front left and the 2 single terminals in the rear.) So help me out here, I should not get readings if there is not a short right? Is it really probable that 3 of the 4 signal wires are shorted out or is there a common junction that I should look at? I have searched the forums, originally I found a good post about using the multi-meter, but today I just can't find it. Sorry to ask the same question as someone else, but I just can't find again.
Thanks,
John
2008 Vulcan Custom
Any particular side, left or right, blowing the fuse? Does it happen when you're not using them and then when you want your indicators they aren't there?
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Sounds like a dead short some ware. Possibly in the head light can, or under the seat? Has anyone added anything to that circuit? Only happens on one side? Try to isolate the turn signal wire and trace it back. Look for any crimp connectors that may have been added. Crimp connectors can be a problem. (IMO) Not a mechanic, just tryin to help!!
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Ok, the 2 left side and one right side are showing resistance.
I put a new fuse in and can turn them on 4 or 5 times and then later in the ride they are not working.

Also no electrical things were added by the previous owner.
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