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Old 09-29-2012, 12:17 AM
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Default Running light and license plate light not working....

So, tonight I was out after dark at an event and when I went to go home, I discovered my running light/taillight and license plate light were not working...brake light works fine. Isn't the taillight LED? I haven't had a chance to check anything out yet, but will do it tomorrow. Any ideas? Fuse? Anybody had this happen to them? Just looking for ideas and perhaps a direction to check first. It's a 2 year old '09 with close to 34,000 miles on it.

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:00 AM
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It is not going to be a fuse if your brake light is working. Start at the connector under the passenger seat.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:08 AM
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+1 Capn. On my '09, out of the tail light, black wire is ground, blue with red stripe is regular brake light, red is running light.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:37 PM
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Well, RL was on next morning when I went to ride down to my buddies shop to look at it....
I took the seat off and everything looked to be in order...all the wires and connections looked "normal." I unconnected and reconnected everything I could just in case something was loose, but it appeared nothing was. Some of the wires right by the rear light connection were kind of bound/kinked up behind the little flexible metal bracket that holds them in place, so I sort of loosened up the bundle and rearranged them. It's been working fine since that one night. I hate that...wish I would have found something obviously wrong that I could fix....
Time will tell I guess.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:03 AM
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If there was a kink in the wire that you straightened out there's a good chance there's a break in the wire at/near that spot. I would either replace the section or (better choice) replace the entire length as it can only get worse.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:10 PM
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I have the same problem! On my bike it turns out to be the Ignition switch. i just wiggle the key back and forth when in the on position (or while riding) and it will come on.

Anyone know if the switch can be removed from the lock cylinder, and disassembled for cleaning, re-lubing and re-bending of the contacts inside the switch?

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Old 11-22-2012, 11:44 PM
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I have the same problem! On my bike it turns out to be the Ignition switch. i just wiggle the key back and forth when in the on position (or while riding) and it will come on.

Anyone know if the switch can be removed from the lock cylinder, and disassembled for cleaning, re-lubing and re-bending of the contacts inside the switch?


YES!!!

I read your reply and waited for mine to do it (not come on again) and it did just that yesterday...I wiggled my key in the ignition switch and it came on! I never in this lifetime would have guessed it was the ignition switch! I am just glad to find the part that is causing the problem so I can fix, repair or replace it...what a relief! Before that I was chasing ghosts.

I haven't had the chance yet to inspect it closely, but there looks to be a hard rubber or plastic cover on the bottom of the ignition switch and I am going to try and remove that if possible and see what I find for a start. I have the extended warranty (hopefully you do too), so at worst Kawasaki will be installing a new one!

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:30 PM
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I too had the same problem and it was the ignition switch. If I wiggle it, then it's fine.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:57 PM
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There have been a few reports of such ignition switch problems.

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I have the same problem! On my bike it turns out to be the Ignition switch. i just wiggle the key back and forth when in the on position (or while riding) and it will come on.

Anyone know if the switch can be removed from the lock cylinder, and disassembled for cleaning, re-lubing and re-bending of the contacts inside the switch?
Switch section screwed on bottom of key barrel can be opened to clean and re-lube the balls and contacts.

http://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2433

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So I was on a trip this weekend when I discovered my rear lights were out. But the brake lights worked. I pulled the fuse to the rear lights, reset it, and everything worked fine. I then adjusted a mirror down, as I was on a late night 400 mile journey, and all was fine. Until I stopped for gas. It went out again. I reset it again, and it worked again. Until I stopped for gas again. This time I pulled the fuse for the ecu. Everything has worked fine since.
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...Switch section screwed on bottom of key barrel can be opened to clean and re-lube the balls and contacts....
I spray a little WD40 into mine, holding that little 'cover' back w/ a jewelers-screwdriver, every now-and-then.
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I spray a little WD40 into mine, holding that little 'cover' back w/ a jewelers-screwdriver, every now-and-then.
+ 1 That is what I started doing every time I wash the bike...no problems since.
I should probably take it apart and clean it like Invader mentioned...
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