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Brake light does not work have replaced the bulb and still no go

I have a 1992 Suzuki Katana 600 and the brake light does not work. What could be the problem and can it easy to fix? Also looking for a free owners manual for that perticular bike.

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  • JamesYarbrou Apr 22, 2009

    just the bulb?

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    Dick May 11, 2010

    Next step is fuses James, pull each fuse and test it for continuity with your meter. Then check the brake light socket for power when someone steps on the pedal. If you're not getting power to the socket when the pedal is pressed try the hand lever. If still no power you have an electrical problem, possibly a wire shorting to ground in the harness somewhere. If you're getting power at the socket but the light won't come on you have a bad ground, probably a loose wire. You can run a new ground, but better to trace the black wire and fix it from the socket.

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    Dick May 11, 2010

    What have you checked so far? Bulb, switches, and fuse?

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I have the same motorcycle and had the same problem.

In my case the connector behind the back light unit (unter the buddyseat) caused the problem (probably because it was a little rusty). 1. Remove the buddy seat 2. Try to cut true those three wires and connect them again, not using the white, standard connector. 3. Try if the brake light works.

If all the other lights on your motorcycle work fine, the fuse is okay. The brake light is on the same fuse as some other signal lights.

You probably have the same problem considering both the brakes don't light up, so the brake light switches are probably okay.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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Replace bulb, clean contacts, make sure all bulbs on the bike work and are the correct type..

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