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I ride a 98 SE. Front brake lever no longer activates the rear brake lights. I assume it is the switch assembly on the mount that has gone bad or could it be something else? That is my question of the day. Foot lever works just fine Thanks to all you GL fanatics. Kevin
 

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probably the switch is defective or even just dirty. Try cleaning it with some contact cleaner if that does not work replace the switch.
 

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Hey FitzAl, glad to see you're still with us. I keep missing your posts... :gunhead:
 

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I just had the same issue. I replaced the front switch, 1 screw holds it on. Costs 10.95 from mrcycle. Works great now. Mosswing
 

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Thanks guys for your replys. I will get a new switch for the GL and be off like a you know what... Kevin
 

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That off could be anything your imagination might conjure up, only you know what that is................
 

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I took that switch off and give her a good cleaning and guess what, it works again. WOW the power of good ole Goldwingers comes through once again...... thanks
 

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I took that switch off and give her a good cleaning and guess what, it works again. WOW the power of good ole Goldwingers comes through once again...... thanks
I had to the same thing with mine ('97 SE). Took the switch off and moved the little plunger up and down a number of times and it works like new now. Took me all of 15 minutes.
 

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My front brake switch doesn't even have the plunger anymore.... I guess the previous owner(s) didn't want Johnny Law to "see" him decelerating. LOL



I just have to remember to flash the brakes w/my foot to let the 4-wheelers know when they're getting too close!!!



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Ken
 

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I have the same problem on my 86 Aspencade SEi. I also need a maintenance manual for this rascal as I have no idea where the front brake light switch is located. Any suggestions for either problem would be appreciated.
 

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Wingboomer wrote:
I took that switch off and give her a good cleaning and guess what, it works again. WOW the power of good ole Goldwingers comes through once again...... thanks
I removed the micro switch for my clutch, cleaned the contact points with Emory cloth, and it works great. This is the switch that allows the bike to start in gear.

If using a liquid cleaner, I always use electrical contact cleaner rather than WD-40. The electrical contact cleaner does not leave an oily film to collect dust and dirt.
 

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Hello, All New Member and first post- found this site via Google and I am having this same problem. Thanks to all for the tip, but I have a question. The bike is a 1998 Se GL1500 50th anniversary model, with the cruise control. My front brake lever will de-activate the cruise, but will not activate the brake lights. Are there two sets of contacts? Also, once the brake lights are activated with the rear lever, the front lever will hold them on.... The bike has had some kind of Back-off unit installed, because the brakes flash for 5 seconds then stay on continuously. All that, and I am the 4th owner, and the last owner is not the tinkering type, so he doesn't have a clue. Suggestions?
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There is one switch (four wires), it cancels the cruise control and activates the brake lights. First I would slide the rubber boot back and check the wire connections. Make sure they are clean and tight. You could try spraying some electrical contact cleaner on the switch, that might work. If not, replace the switch. It's normal for the front brake lever to hold the brake lights on once they have been activated by the rear brake pedal. The "back-off" brake light unit is located under the seat and has nothing to do with your problem.
 
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