My break light stays on and the blinkers or the hour will work. I replaced the front break light switch, wasn't it. 81yamaha xj550 maxim.
I am not understanding your question: "blinkers or the hour?"
For the brake light: Check the front brake cable to make certain it is moving smoothly and not pinched or stretched anywhere. Make certain the piston is moving in and out properly on the caliper. Check the rear brake linkage. IF YOU HAVE NEVER REPLACED YOUR REAR BRAKE PADS IMMEDIATELY TAKE YOUR REAR WHEEL APART AND MANUALLY INSPECT THE PADS. It has been found in recent years that the original pads will delaminate - separate from the hardware to which they are attached and give way at any moment, leaving you with brake pad floating around your rear hub freely. This almost certainly will result in your bike going down, possibly with pieces of metal flying around from the rear end, and you enjoying a nice slide down the pavement. Remember, if you haven't changed the rear pads, it is likely that they are the originals and 30 years old!! If in doubt of their age, replace them with current pads. They aren't expensive and this could well save your life. Similarly, check the date code on the front brake lines. Those are designed to last 4 years and then be replaced. If you are still using the original lines, or lines older than 2007, you are losing braking power to the weakness of the hoses and risking their rupturing while driving, leaving you in a tough spot. A replacement set of hoses in rubber for that bike will run you about $60 - $80. Much more preferred are stainless steel brake lines as they cost between 25 and 50% more but last many times longer. They should outlast at least 3 sets of rubber lines, if not more. Brake lines sold by almost all vendors are DOT certified for the individual components, but NOT as a unit. Your best (and I believe only) source for fully DOT certified stainless steel brake lines is at xj4ever.com. Go to xjbikes.com -> forums -> supporting vendor and there you will find the "catalog" of things available from XJ4EVER. (The catalog is a 6 page post.) The proprietor is the only source for many XJ parts as he has sought out manufacturers to fabricate some parts which are otherwise no longer available. He has also made it a point to keep as many other parts as he can find in stock, both new and used and his prices are definitely fair. *Please note, I am not paid by and do not receive any sort of compensation from either XJBikes.com nor XJ4Ever.com, but rather am a long term participant of XJBikes.com and a very pleased customer of XJ4ever.com
Mar 26, 2012 |
1981 Yamaha XJ 650