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I am a rookie Goldwing owner, just purchased a very nice 1986 GL1200 Aspencade with 55,000 miles. It runs very smooth but there is a problem with the turn signals.

When you press the button for the hazard lights, all lights come on and flash. But when you turn on the turn signal left or right nothing happens. Could this be caused by the turn signal cancel unit or should I be looking for something else?

My big problem is that I don't know where to begin looking for the components so that I can test them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for this site.

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Could be the handlebar switch, give it a shot of contact cleaner/lube or WD40 and work it a bit to see if that does any good. I don't have a 1200 schematic since I got my 1500, but there are plenty here that do and will respond soon. I don't even remember if there are one or two flasher units. While waiting for someone who knows what they are talking about, it wouldn't hurt to take a look at all the fuses.

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On my 85 if I remember correctly, it had two flasher units. the one for turn signals are mounted under the fake tank at the top to the right of the vac advance module, it is round and covered in rubber( sounds like my last girlfriend) Hope this helps.

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I did check the fuses and they were alright. I also had another switch assembly that the previous owner had picked up somewhere. But when I plugged it in the results where the same. When I have time to check it out more thoroughly I will check the switches with my multimeter.

I will also check the flasher unit, I do know that it has 2, besides the one for the signal where is the other one located? I assume that they are the same type so I could swap them around to see if thatfixes the problem.

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I think they are the same. We had this before on the forum but I don't have the time to search for the topic now.

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tsandlin The 4 way flasher should be next to the turn signal flasher,and yes they are the same,and can be swapper for testing...

The turn signal switches all have different part numbers from84-87...The key is to match up the colored end pin connectors....But seeing the PO had given you an extra one with the bike,you already have a test switch,But the question is,How do you know if it is a good switch??

If you have a buddy with a 86,you can reach in the left side of the left pocket andfaux tank,and plug your (spare) switch in to your buddy's bike and see if it works?? You won't have to remove everything just for checking out the switch,at least,then you'd knowif you spare (or stock if removed?) switch is good or not?
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I am back to flashing again. I tested the turn signal switch with an ohm meter according to the pin out on the schematic in the service manual. It tested good. Then I began the search for the turn signal flasher and the hazard flasher. Those little devils were very hard to find. Down deep under the front part on the right sideFake Tank. They were similar in style but of course the hazard flasherwas ratedfor ahigher load. Theturn signal flasher was a Mitsuba FR-3303 which is a 3 wire flasher,housed in asmall rectangluar black box. Which fooled me I was looking for a round silver flasher. But once I located those I switched the two flashers and had the same results. So then I began more testing and determined that the TurnSignal Canceling Unit was not allowing my turn signal flasherto get the operatingcurrent that it required. And because of the fact that I want to ride now. So I decided that would make a good winter project because to find the canceling unit I will probably have to take the Fake tank completely off. So just like all the great TV heroes.... I cut the blue wire. And attached it to the ground screw on the fuse block. Which in essence by-passed the turn signal canceling unit. So now if thehurricane dennis rain will stop I can go for a ride without worrying about whether that car on my rear understands hand signals. Thanks guys for all the help.This is a great forum.

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another culprit you might search out this winter is the canceling unit in the steering stem. the wires exit out the top and it may be somthing as simple as a bad connection
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I am back to flashing again.
You want to be careful with that flashing business, some neighborhoods really don't like it. Perhaps starting out with a bit of mooning might be less controversial.

The signal cancelling unit is mounted under the triple three, the wire runs up through the center of the tree. There are two screws that hold it on under neath. To remove it the lower splash shield needs to come off, the two screws in the canceller come out, the upper rubber thingy pops off and slides up the wire to get some slack.

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