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I have an 1100 V-Star Classic, the brake lights are not working. I have replaced the bulb but still nothing. The running and turn signals are working fine. What is my problem?

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  • bstainer Jul 02, 2009

    as stated, the running lights are working fine so, although I have know machanical skills, I just can't see it being the wiring if the running lights are work? If it was the wiring,the tail light wouldn't be working at all...would it?

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As you have stated since the tail light is alone not working,its an electrical problem. if you can see the rear brake will be connected to a switch for tail brake using a thin rod in most of the bikes. this switch works when the rod is pulled down(i.e the circuit is complete and the light glows). you can check for any damage with this system as well there is possibility for the connection to the switch get loosened over time. you can adjust the tightness of the rod by rotating the electrical switch in anticlockwise and clockwise directions. you can refer the manual for all these operations. if you dont have the manual you can google search for it.

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Check using the voltmeter if you are getting any output in the bulb holder? You might also need to check the wiring that connects the bulb holder to the main base wiring. Since the turn signals are working fine, there seem to be some problem with the wiring connector that connects the tail wiring with the main one. It might be loose or damaged. You might need to check the condition of the wire that connects the tail lamp to the holder as well.

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2003 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic brake light and rear turn signals not working


Hi, Darren before testing any electrical component in the Turn Signal Light Circuit it is "IMPERATIVE" that you have a fully charged battery of 12.5 volts or more and be able to pass a proper "LOAD" test because your battery may have 12.5 volts or more but little or zero amps causing the battery to be faulty and must be replaced, "AGM" batteries fall into this category more so than lead-acid types, also before diagnosing any turn signal/running light/parking light issue make sure the bulb is good and the light fuse has continuity with a test light. If you have replaced your OEM lights with one or all LED lights you are going to need a load equalizer.
If no turn signals are working the cause could be a faulty turn signal module/flasher or the connector going to it, look for, corroded, loose, or broken pins/sockets. Contact spray cleaner is great for removing corrosion.
If your turn signal comes on but takes several seconds before it starts flashing you may have dirty contacts in the turn signal switch/button, the switch needs to be opened up and cleaned also the flasher may be starting to fail. It should be noted that cold weather will only exacerbate the situation especially when temperatures drop down below freezing and the location of the component, turn signal switches on the handlebar are at the mercy of the oncoming freezing 70 mph wind and makes it hard for the contacts to do their job covered in frozen grease/grime
If all four turn signals flash at the same time like hazard lights even though you only pressed one turn signal button then you have a LED light in the circuit and need a load equalizer that can be purchased from any motorcycle parts supplier.
If your speedometer does not function properly it will have to be fixed first because your turn signal module gets the data from the speedometer for normal turn signal function.
If your front turn signals don't work use a test light to check for power and ground at the bulb socket, then start backtracking the wiring through every wire connector to the turn signal switch/button and check for continuity, go all the way back to the fuse if necessary to find the cause of the malfunction.
If your rear turn signals don't work check your rear fender wiring harness connector first, for corroded, broken, loose pins/sockets, power, and a good ground, the harness connector is usually located under the seat on the front of the rear fender then keep tracing the wiring look for obvious harness damage caused by the rear tire.
If you still can't find the malfunction backtrack from the rear fender wiring harness connector.
If one side does not work you could have a faulty turn signal switch or module check for continuity.
For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need for viewing or printing please click on the blue links below. Good luck and have a wonderful day.
Turn signal issues with my VSTAR 650 Classic
http://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/49-v-star/50018-brake-lights-not-working.html
Honda SHADOW VT1100 Owners Workshop Manual
https://www.partsfish.com/page/oem-parts-for-yamaha
Honda VT1100C2 Owner Manual

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Apr 17, 2018 | 2003 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic

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What do I need to do to get l.e.d turn signals to work on my motorcycle?


That's because the LED bulbs draw so little current the flasher relays doesn't know anything is there. You need an electronic flasher relay, OR you need to put a resistor in parallel with the bulbs to draw more power.

I *think* you have a pretty common 2-post relay, or possibly a 3-post relay on your bike, so something like this should work;
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/car-install-supplies/cf13gl-02-led-bulb-electronic-flasher/782/

Feb 01, 2015 | 2002 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic

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Take bulb out of front turn signal yamaha v star 1100


Hi, anonymous removing any kind of light bulb can be easy or really tough. Instrument bulbs either snap/press in or if you have an older model have a base with indexing pins that are of the push and twist clockwise about 3/16" variety these are identified by having a 1/4"-3/8" diameter base and the bulb is usually round. If they have been in their sockets for years and have rusted or corroded you can spray some penetrating de-rusting chemical around the bulb and socket base, let it do it's work for a couple minutes, then try to remove the bulb the normal way, twist counter clockwise about 3/16" and pull up. If this method is unsuccessful then you must exercise the nuclear option. This is performed by installing nuclear blast protective eyewear and breaking the bulb with a regular pair of pliers. Then with a pair of needle nose pliers pretend you are a dentist extracting a stubborn molar with a twisting upward pulling motion using as much force as necessary to accomplish the desired end result. Then take a small conical wire brush, the one used to clean battery terminals works great for this and decontaminate the bulb socket until you see clean shiny metal. Next coat the base of your new bulb with "dielectric" grease and install. I used instrument light bulbs as an example because of their general vertical proximity and are conducive to gravity feed penetrating oil, all other light bulbs are generally horizontal and are not penetrating oil friendly but the dental extraction procedure still applies. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have a nice day.
Electrical gurus please read
Turn signal issues with my VSTAR 650 Classic
http://www.sloneservices.com/SilverBack/Other-Stuff/V-StarShopManual99-07.pdf
OEM parts for Yamaha
http://www.starmotorcycles.com/assets/service/manuals/2000/LIT-11626-13-36_96.pdf

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Jun 09, 2014 | 2000 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic

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Free wiring diagram for 2001 yamaha vstar 1100 classic


Hi, Mark for this scenario you will need your service/owners manual if you can't find the first and best tool you ever bought for your Yamaha, despair not, for a mere $0 you can download another one. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have a nice day.
http://www.sloneservices.com/SilverBack/Other-Stuff/V-StarShopManual99-07.pdf
OEM parts for Yamaha
http://www.starmotorcycles.com/assets/service/manuals/2000/LIT-11626-13-36_96.pdf
2001 Yamaha Star 1100 Classic Back to 2001 Yamaha Motorcycle Index Page
Tips Tricks

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Jun 05, 2012 | 2001 Yamaha V Star 1100 Classic

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Free wiring diagram for 2001 yamaha vstar 1100 classic


Hi, Mark for this scenario you will need your service/owners manual if you can't find the first and best tool you ever bought for your Yamaha, despair not, for a mere $0 you can download another one. For more information about your issue and valuable "FREE" downloads that you will need please click on the links below. Good luck and have a nice day.
Tips Tricks
2001 Yamaha Star 1100 Classic Back to 2001 Yamaha Motorcycle Index Page
http://www.starmotorcycles.com/assets/service/manuals/2000/LIT-11626-13-36_96.pdf
OEM parts for Yamaha
http://www.sloneservices.com/SilverBack/Other-Stuff/V-StarShopManual99-07.pdf

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Bought a used 1999 Yamaha v-star with some butchered *** tail light and turn signals. Got everything to work except i cant get left or right turn signals to stay on when i turn on the lights, signal...


The marker ("running") lights are a separate circuit than the signal lights.
Normally you have a tail light, and the front running lights on with the headlight.
The bulbs used in the rear signal lights would be a single filament 1156 bulb, whereas the bulbs in the front are dual filament, one for turn signal, one for running light.

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When i put front brake on no back light and headlight goes dim


Check the battery to make sure it is not failing.
The headlight will work even if the battery is not holding a charge.
Basically running off the alternator.
Hitting the brake activates a draw of current which will dim the headlight.
Brake light may or may not work. Check the fuses and make sure there are no shorts in the wires running to the tail light. Check bulb also to make sure it is has not burned out.

The link below is for the 1100 V star should give you some good tips and gives you a good idea of where everything is:
http://www.flygenring.dk/yamaha/artikler/1100ChargingSystem.pdf

Good luck!

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