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post #1 of 16 Old 04-26-2015, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Turn signal?

My turn signals went wonky on the way home from work.
My Rt side is still working, flashers and dash blinker.
The Lt side is not, both flashers and dash blinker are out.
I'm wondering if it is the flasher thumb switch or just one
of the signal bulbs?Would having one bulb out kill the
entire side Rt or Lt and the dash flasher???


I have done a little checking and so far I am only finding the
entire switch assembly for sale, ie the turn signal, hi/lo headlight
and choke combination. I was hoping to find the switch as a separate
unit, is there a part number for just the switch or will I
be stuck having to purchase the entire assembly? I have an 09klr.
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-26-2015, 04:23 PM
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Stinker -

The most likely cause is a bad bulb. Check that first. If it is not the the fix, come on back and we'll go from there.

The switch is very robust; not a likely source of failure. The next most likely is a shorted wire.

I'm betting on the bulb, though.

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-26-2015, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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I checked the bulbs, bases and sockets.
Blubs and bases are good, no power to the sockets.
I'm thinking now I could be chasing a short.
When I switch the Rt. Side now it will not always come on.
When I cycle the ignition. key the right will start most of the
time, Lt side never. No power to either signal socket.
I checked the horn because it looks to be part of the same
power leg and it works fine.
There does not seem to be any way to get contact with the switch wires
in the switch assembly to test if it is receiving power on either side.
If I was certain the assembly or wires in the assembly were bad I would
just swap it out but I now wonder why cycling the key switch would
make any difference for the Rt. side.
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You might want to look this over.

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Thanks but I got 404 not found.
The link is working now.
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Yeah, I had linked to a searched page. Take gander. It turned out to be some shorted wires were making turn signals act like yours.

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In the stock switch the black/yellow is ground, what is the hot color?
I will take the switch apart again and try to test the wires.
Power on/off & ground

O well no luck. I did notice that when I try my Lt. signal
my Neutral lamp gets weak then brightens backup in. A one time
deal tho. if I cycle the Lt switch again it does not affect the N. lamp.
Guess I will need to park my bike until I figure this out.
Last time I had a short my bike died 2mi from home,
that was a long push.

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post #8 of 16 Old 04-26-2015, 08:33 PM
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When I have to test voltage on hard to get to components, I use a small "T" pin used by seamstresses. The pin is in shape of a "T" and allows you to attach a clip lead from your meter to the pin's head.
I locate a point on the wire, back away from the component, and push the pin into the wire to make contact with it's inner conductor. It only leaves a small hole in the wire's insulation. Makes it easy to probe with out disassembling anything.

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Stinker -

There's a wiring diagram here. The hot color for the blinkers is light green or white. White is the right side. You can see it in the picture in the first link, post #29.

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The link will not work, not found after several tries.
Its got to be a short, now the RT. is out half the time.
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