Right side turn signals stopped working one day on my 1982 xj650, put in new flasher in and new bulbs and no change, If I need to do a resistance test on a voltmeter what do I need to do?.An explaination...
I would start by checking the fuse for the right turning light. I think it is common for left and right. Check if the left turning light is working. If it is, you can use this as a reference.
Using a multimeter on your Yamaha is the same as using it elsewhere. The only difference is the setting you would use.
Two types of multimeters available are analog and digital. If you do not have a multimeter, I would suggest you purchase a digital.
A digital multimeter gives readings in numbers and is cheaper, whereas an analogue multimeter has a needle, and you have to read the correct scale.
Your multimeter will have instructions. There is a knob on the meter you turn to select the scale - voltage, ohms, amps, and maybe some extras.
The multimeter will probably have several ohm readings to select. You can select the lowest range for a start. Higher ranges measure very low resistance, and can even measure the resistance through your body!
Make sure that there is no power when you use the resistance measurement. Disconnect the battery on the Yamaha. It does not matter which way the leads are to measure resistance, it does for D.C. voltage, like your bike.
Remove both bulbs from the bike - left and right sides. There are two things to measure. The center of the bulb holder, and the housing of the bulb holder. Connect one leads to the center of the bulb holder should, and the other end on the flasher unit wire for that bulb. It should show a zero reading. Take another reading with the first lead still on the center of the bulb holder, and connect the other lead to the housing of the bulb holder. It should not show a reading, as this should be open circuit. If you have a reading, you will probably have a short circuit. Compare left with the right side, and there should be a difference.
Hope this has helped sort out the bike and use a multimeter.
Feb 03, 2014 |