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Oil Pressure and Neutral Swith issue 2003 Sportster 1200

Bike has been fine but after a couple days sitting I cranked it to find the oil pressure and neutral lights did not come on. I checked the fuses and everything is OK, power on both sides of the fuses. I checked power to the wires going to bulbs with the key on but I get no power. I also checked for any loose wires but find nothing. Was considering replacing the ignition swith since both of these lights get power from it.

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  • Pin44 Jul 10, 2008

    I thought this might have been the issue but it it's always good to hear from an expert what fix to go after.
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Pin44, good day, i dont have a harley but i do work with bikes. good news is, with the way you describe it, theres nothing wrong with your oil pressure and the engine itself, some elements may have coroded the contact of your ignition to the LEDs, you may clean it using pressured cleaners of wd40 (be careful not to apply too much) or replacing it instead.

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Just replace the ignition switch because due to moisture it might have been damaged

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