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post #1 of 15 Old 11-25-2013, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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at my wits end...

My bike has been blowing the turn signal fuse when I use my right signal. It starts off with just not working on the right, then if I immediately try left it doesn't work either but if I do left first it works fine. Then after some time usually about the fifth or sixth try on the right it will blow the fuse. I stripped it down this weekend to check the valves and noticed that the left hand control plug behind the radiator was horribly corroded, so I cleaned it up and put dialectric grease on it thinking that would fix my problem. I was wrong.. Fuse blew on the way home.
I haven't added any accessories except a top case and center stand I bought the bike new in may of 2012 and in the 16000 miles I've put on her she has been great until now.
Im pretty sure it's not the switch as the signals and hazards seem to work fine with the ingtiton in park. Even with a blown fuse.
Has anyone else with a 2012 Had this issue?
Tonight I stripped the rear end looking for chafed wires to no avail and I'm getting very frustrated the dealership wants $180 just to look at it with no guarantee of fixing it and I really can't afford a $180 gamble
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-26-2013, 12:14 AM
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I wonder if a defective flasher relay could cause a short?

Also check the side stand switch wiring, it also goes to the flasher relay - at least it did pre-2012.

Just throwing it out there.

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post #3 of 15 Old 11-27-2013, 07:13 AM
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Im pretty sure it's not the switch as the signals and hazards seem to work fine with the ingtiton in park. Even with a blown fuse.
If the turn signal lights can be made to flash with a blown fuse, what is the fuse protecting? Is the fuse between the flasher/ relay and the bulb?
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post #4 of 15 Old 11-27-2013, 07:30 AM
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is it not under warrantee

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is it not under warrantee
Factory warranty is only a year, unless he paid for the extended.

I will +1 the flasher relay. Also check the connection where the bulb plugs in.

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post #6 of 15 Old 11-27-2013, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Apparently the signals and hazards get different power when the key is in the park position, I would assume there is a different fuse protecting it.
It is out of warranty by 6 months.
As for the relay, since it seems to work with the key in park it seems unlikely to me that it is the relay, but if anyone can give me instructions on testing it I'd be happy to try. It's a $70 part so I don't want to just buy another unless I know I need it.
I have disassembled all turn light sockets and replaced all bulbs and the fuse blew on the way home from the parts store where I put the bulbs in. The light sockets looked to be in good condition.
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post #7 of 15 Old 11-27-2013, 08:17 AM
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if you just want to test if its the relay grab a cheap Electronic one from ebay for LED flashers. It should de a direct replacement. There is a company called MFACTORY that had them for like 10 bucks free shipping

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post #8 of 15 Old 11-27-2013, 08:36 AM
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Since the right turn signal seems to be causing the problem, Most likely the light green wire has contact with the frame somewhere or there is a similar problem in a switch housing like the dimmer switch. The flasher only has the light blue wire that feeds both sides.

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Despite being out of warranty, it might still be worth a shot speaking to the dealer? You never know, customer goodwill and all..................?
I know they did it for me and on my BMW M3 they replaced the whole gearbox 13 months out of warranty (they don't like their M cars failing)
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post #10 of 15 Old 11-27-2013, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the relay info I'll check out eBay today. I have already spoken to my dealership... They want $180 to look at it. They did however give me the tech line for Suzuki which I have been able to talk to yet as they are open 8:00am-4:45pm m-f when I'm also at work...
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