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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Turn Signal Woes

Well I finally got my bike together and have been riding it. 2014 Storm.
If I turn my left signal on it works fine. If I turn the right signal on it flashes once and now the left one doesn't work.
If I wait a while the left one works again. So I can't use my right turn signal at all. If it was a flasher I would think that both signals would not work.
There may be a relay involved. Thoughts ?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 11:44 PM
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Try swapping bulbs between the left and right signals and see if the problem reverses. There's no flasher relay in TBirds; flashing is controlled directly by circuitry in the instrument cluster.

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So it's very expensive to just fix the flasher ?

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So it's very expensive to just fix the flasher ?
I've never heard of anyone having to replace their instrument cluster because of a signal flashing issue. It's a bulb, connector or wiring issue. When the ECU detects what it thinks is the wrong load on a signal line, it does weird things.

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The bulb works.

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The bulb works.
Did you swap left and right signals in the front, checked if the symptoms changed, then swapped the rear and checked again?

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Both signals work fine if you don't start the motor. Once you start the motor they don't work right.


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Are these incandescent bulbs or LEDs with "load equalizers"? Because it sounds like exactly what you'll see with load equalizers on the turn signal lines. The ECU doesn't like them.

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Stock incandescent amber bulbs. It's NOT a connection problem since when they light they are bright. I hear no clicking of a flasher when they are blinking.
The bike sat for almost 2 years. Had to replace a fuel injector and now this.

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The internal flasher is solid state; you won't hear a click. Was the battery disconnected while it was in storage?

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