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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Brake Light

Last week I had the tires on my '11 V replaced. Since then the brake light doesn't work when the rear pedal is pushed. It works fine when the front brake is engaged.

I checked the spring loaded switch attached to the pedal, and it seems fine.

Any clues what else I should check? The bike has 8,000 km's on it, if that helps.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 01:39 PM
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Check the wires from the switch make sure they are connected and intact. Do you own a multimeter and know how to use it? If so check the switch itself they are cheap and don't often last long. I had to replace the switch on my KLX pretty early.
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Have you tried adjusting the switch? Maybe it's not being pressed far enough to activate. (Can't tell from "seems fine" if you've done that.)

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Have you separated the connector on the rear brake switch cable (above the rear brake switch about 6") and used a multimeter to see if the switch is actually working? (Should be an open circuit between the two wires unless the brake peddal is pushed down.) If that seems to be OK at that point then you'll have to get into the wiring diagram and do some more advanced troubleshooting. If not, then you've probably got a maladjusted or inoperative switch as mentioned above.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Okay in the it makes no sense category, I just went out to check the electrical connection and the spring adjustment and now the brake light works. I didn't have to make any adjustments.

Just to be safe, I think I will be checking this very regularly and see if there is a short... maybe it was just dirt - who knows.

Thank you for the suggestions, they are being filed for future use.
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