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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-13-2018, 01:43 PM
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That connector is right there near the brake/tail light assembly. If you read voltage there with the brake on (and ignition switch on) you know everything back to that connector is good. You should be able to see the wire go from that connector to the light socket and another green/yellow going back toward the splice where the power is coming from. The trouble almost has to be in that area because you said the other side works and it gets its power from the same source (but through another connector on the other side).

If you have a Harbor Freight near you, they often have a coupon for a free voltmeter when you purchase anything else there. Or you could buy a test light there for less than $5.00 that you could use to test for battery voltage at the connector.

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Did you check for voltage on the green/yellow wire with the brake on like DBohrer suggested? You should measure voltage from that wire to ground with the brake operated.

Bellboy 40, I'd don't have a volt meter to check it with. If I purchase one, what would it show me if faulty, and how would I go about fixing it?
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Look at the attached diagram.

You have power at the splice.

You need to check the Green/Yellow wire between the splice and the 6-pin Red connector (left side of trunk)

You need to check for power on the Green/Yellow wire at the 6-pin Red connector (left side of trunk).

You need to check for power on the Green/Yellow wire at the brake light socket (left side of trunk).

You can use a test light to check for power. Put the alligator clip on frame ground, put the probe on the green/yellow wire. The test light should illuminate.
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Bellboy 40 / DBohrer,

Looking at the diagram (thank you!) I see what you mean.
The problem must be either the socket or 6-pin connector on the left.
I'll pickup a test light and give this a shot.

I'm much better at repairing guitars than motorcycles!

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Hey Dave, that is a good sketch of the simplified wiring for the brake lights.

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[quote=Rick Taylor;5780397]Bellboy 40 / DBohrer,

Looking at the diagram (thank you!) I see what you mean.
The problem must be either the socket or 6-pin connector on the left.
I'll pickup a test light and give this a shot.

I'm much better at repairing guitars than motorcycles![/quote]

I have two cousins that live in Fort Worth and North Richland Hills. Been to the Stockyards, saw Diamond Rio there a few years ago.
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