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Sportster brake and signal lights do not work when engine running but do when not running

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I just have same problem signals and brake light dont work when engine running but do when engine not running. Bike is in shop now but I think it might have something to do with a bad battery because I had to charge it just to get signals to work when engine not running

Posted on Apr 17, 2014

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SOURCE: I have a 2000 sportster my front light does not

Short to main accesories which is dash lights headlamp and tail Lamp not the break lamp it's prolly on the ground wire side since some lights still work ther getting juice but the ground that compleats the circuit to the break lights gets there through the break switch ok but the ground from the key on switch isn't getting to the constant on light start at the try to run new grounds to anyplace and if the lights com on its in the harness and u start tracing it down when the bike is striped of tank and sheetmetel it will be Easter to find look at the harness connectors for green oxidation and loos fitting wires

Posted on Apr 20, 2012

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SOURCE: lost my running on 2002 sportster

the running and headlight are on different terminals of the main light switch,so either the switch has lost power ,=fuse,plug and socket loose or adrift, or in the switch the rotary plate which bridges the contacts as its rotated is broken or adrift, cant be sure but dosnt the ign switch energise the light, the wiring diagram would show if it is or not

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

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SOURCE: 82 harley sportster brake light

try starting with the bulb. brake light bulbs are dual fillament, meaning you have 2 bulbs in one basicly. if your brake side has blown then the tail light could still work. Or try checking the brake light switches, one on front brake and one on rear brake pedal. to test switches disconect wires and join them together with small bit of wire or paper clip. this will make the light come on meaning you have a bum switch.
if you have only been using the rear brake, that has an adjustable switch, may need to mess with it

Posted on Mar 29, 2009

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SOURCE: 1991 harley sportster turn signal and brake light wont work

A couple of bad bulbs or bad ground

Posted on Jun 26, 2012

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SOURCE: 82 SPORTSTER TURN SIGNALS DONT WORK

Your problem is the indicator relay. check the connections and that you can feel it clicking when the indicators are turned on. if there is no clicking, replace the relay.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012

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Diagram sportster wiring


More information would be helpful.

Do any lights work, ie signals, four ways. Does rear brake light work and just not light when front brake is applied.

If all lights are dead did you check the lighting fuse?

Fuse panel is under the left side cover.

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Harley sportster headlight and brake light work but not the turn signals. Engine lights does not come on and bike wont start


The soft click sounds like the starter relay. Check that out first and see that current is getting through when it soft clicks. ARE there any codes set??? What led up to this???

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My tail lights/brake lights wont come on and the signal lights either. But the turn signal will light up when activated. Whats wrong? Its not the fuse. Should i just bring it to the dealership?


Taking your bike to a dealership might be the best choice. If you can't troubleshoot it, I certainly have a time trying to locate a problem without the benefit of being at the bike myself.

Steve

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Speedo, turn signals, brake lights, horn stopped working. All else is fine.


Gap your plugs to 38 thou. Check all your bulbs (one burned out will affect the rest) Take a look at all your fuses and make sure they are all ok. Otherwise you are probably looking at a wiring short which will require trouble shooting of the elctrical system. Buy your self a service manual for your bike, this will help you a lot.

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Left signal flashes right doesnot signals wont light up for night


Replace the bulb in the tail light. It's dual filament bulb. Brake light is separate from the running light.

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