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Brake light stays on

1600 Kawasaki Classic. Last night I noticed that my brake light stays on all the time. I inspected the rear brake switch and everything looks normal. I disconnected the spring attached to the brake pedal and allowed the plunger to retracted completely, brake light stays on. I pull the plunger out, brake light stays on. Bad switch?

I did check the bulb thinking is was one where if the tail light goes out the brake light comes on, but no, both elements of the bulb are good, tail and brake.




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Did you check the switch for the front brake???

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Did you check the switch for the front brake???
The only check I did of the front brake is that I can hear it "click" when I squeeze the lever. I'll unplug the connector and see if the brake light goes out. That is my next step, unplug the connector for the rear brake and see if the front brake makes the light work normal, that would indicate a bad switch. I got a feeling that connector is buried though.




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Probably... But if you can disconnect one of them and it makes no difference, it would at least support the theory that the other one is bad... My mony is on the rear brake switch just because of the location and the chance for water, salt, road gunk etc... to contaminate the switch. You might get luck and squeak by using some electrical contact cleaner to flush out the switch. Just be careful some plastics really don't like that stuff...

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1600 Kawasaki Classic. Last night I noticed that my brake light stays on all the time. I inspected the rear brake switch and everything looks normal. I disconnected the spring attached to the brake pedal and allowed the plunger to retracted completely, brake light stays on. I pull the plunger out, brake light stays on. Bad switch?

I did check the bulb thinking is was one where if the tail light goes out the brake light comes on, but no, both elements of the bulb are good, tail and brake.
Mine did the same thing(1600 Classic) It was the rear switch and the dealer caught it when I was in to get my tires replace, they put new switch on and it was fine.

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Fixed it, sort of. I unplugged the connector for front brake, brake light stayed on. I unplugged the connector for rear brake, brake light stayed on. Now I'm stumped, damm thing has got to be drawing power from somewhere, so I pull the seat and remember I had installed a kury run/turn/brake controller. I disconnected the run/turn/brake controller and connected the harness as orginal. Plugged in front brake lever connector, brake lite works normal, plug in rear brake connector and brake lite works normal. So I'm guessing the controller went bad.




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It is interesting that sometimes a micro switch can make it's normal click sound when actuating but be bad. It's rare though. Your ohm meter is your friend! Glad you found the problem.

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I had a similar problem with a Kisan Signal minder on C50 but it was the turn signals. Turned out to be a bad connection. I thought for sure the module went bad.

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Check the bottom of thebulb. had one short between terminals on an old car. When you put on the left turn signal all the parking lights blinked......



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