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I have a 1984 Honda VT500ft Ascot that I am fixing and I ran into a problem. The headlights won't turn on and the trun signals won't work either. I remember reading something here that someone asked what these two small prong relay things under his seat were, and someone else said they are for the headlights and turn signals. But when I looked under my seat I did not see any small prongs? Now I sww two small relay prongs in the headlight bay, are those it?

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  • h_sylvester0 Apr 05, 2011

    Thank you for responding, I checked the fues box that is located between the handle bar and they are all good. Now would the cicuit breakers be bad?

  • h_sylvester0 Apr 05, 2011

    I checked the fuse that is located in between the handle bars and they are all good. Not sure but could the circuit breakers be bad?

  • h_sylvester0 Apr 05, 2011

    Ok, thank you. I already check the power with the tester like you said and the light bulb is still good but no power, so like you said it could be a ground issue?

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Yes these are cicuit breakers and they plug in as so you can't see the prongs with them plugged in. The intion switch has it's own circirt for the lights and you may check the fuse panel and find your problem is a blown fuse or even a rusted connection.

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  • John P Schwantes Jr Apr 05, 2011

    Yes the cicuit breakers sould be tested with a test light. (an icepick looking tool that has a bulb in a clear handle and a ground wire coming out of the handle ) With the ground wire connected to the bikes ground any wire or connector that's on should light the light or you can rig any light bulb to work like one. With the key on you can probe the places these pug in and ( see) the power. the power shoulbe seen on both sides and if the breaker is hot maybe something in the lights are shorted to ground and you may beed to unplugg things to find the probel. I've had to take most all the lighting wiring connectors apart before just to find the problem. Don't froget to check the lightbulbs first as an monnentary over current could have blown them all. Don't just look at them put powr to them and see them work if they don't change the bulbs.

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