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Brake Light Stays On

The brake light is always on. I checked the light bulb and both filaments are energized. I'm wondering if it's a bad switch or a diagnostics tool to perhaps indicate a brake job is needed?

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  • Culpepper May 24, 2008

    This probem is on a Soft Tail Duece 2003 model Harley Davidson

  • sir_quick Jun 04, 2008

    I have a 2002 Heritage Softtail Classic and am having the same isse!

  • Anonymous Jun 27, 2008

    I have a sportster 1200 (1999 model year) same problem.

  • Cris Morrone Jul 10, 2008

    1998 xl 1200, same problem. Brake light stays on unless front brake lever pushed forward. Full m/c level and newer brake pads. Loose front brake level, but not sure how to fix.

  • sfrdog Nov 18, 2008

    brake light stays on lever is loose dealer fixed it but month later same thing



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I just had the same thing. The brake light actuarer in inside the brake lever on the bars. If the lever is worn, the actuator moves aside and the brake light stays on. Remove the brake lever and push the little black switch. If the brake light goes out replace the lever and actuator.


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  • Greg Anderson Jun 14, 2014

    pushed little black switch in and brake light still stays on. What now



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