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Turn signals inoperable or severe delay in cold weather

I have a 98 Valkyrie, love it!, but the turn signal delay is horrific in cold weather ie anything below 50 degrees. I bought a solid state aftermarket turnsignal unit (Signal Minder brand) hoping that the problem was the standard flasher relay system was getting too cold and heat-up time was causing the delay. The solid state unit did not help. They sent me another unit and it did not solve the problem, but all of the other features of the Signal Minder works fine!
I don't believe it is the handlebar turn signal switch either because a single activation of the switch will eventually have the turn signals work. Once the signal flashers start (cold or hot weather) the flash rate is the same.
I've gone to the Honda dealer and talked to the repair tech and he has never heard of this problem.
Any ideas as to where to look.

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  • mclawson Jan 24, 2009

    I've talked to Goldwing owners and they don't have the cold weather turn signal delay problem. The Valkyrie is a dressed down Goldwing but I assume it has the same base electronics like engine control and lights. I bought the full repair manual for the bike and looked at the electrical diagrams and find no other items in the turn signal circuitry that might need changed out. I changed the bulbs so that their wattage was closer to OEM specs but that didn't solve the problem.
    Need help as this is a real safety problem!

  • mclawson Feb 04, 2009

    I have yet to recieve good technical help for this problem. I need some help. I've checked all of the obvious things, bulbs, wire connectivity, switch contacts, can't see anything out of whack. Is there some hidden diode or electronic apparatus within Honda electronics that might be causing the problem?

  • Hank S Aug 04, 2012

    The problem is that the grease on the turn signal switch contacts has hardened. Remove two screws to open the switch, then two additional screws that attach the switch arm plate to expose the switch. Slide the switch out of its mounting slot and spray contact cleaner into the contact area of the switch. Then apply dielectric grease to the contacts and reverse order to re-install. You could also spray WD40 on the contacts to clean. That will solve the problem. Over time the old grease becomes like wax and prevents a good electrical contact.


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You need to replace the turn signal relay, that is the only part that can be sensible to temperature, wirings and bulbs are not affected by low temperatures.

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Check wit the cabels there might be any loose contact so it makes some delay 
dont worry it would be some minor problem only

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Any way you can mount the flasher unit closer to the motor so it warms up faster ?


I might add kinda brave driving a scooter in minus 50 weather

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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    Roberta Smith Jan 23, 2009

    and it just occured to me... i believe the switch contacts would have a light coating of grease to keep water away... if that's the case nothing really you can do till it heats up



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